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Inside the Station: Princess Elisabeth Antarctica Exhibition set for Brussels

Over just four days back in 2007, an incredible 35,000 people flocked Brussels venue Tour & Taxis to celebrate the launch of the world’s first zero emission polar research station, Princess Elisabeth Antarctica. Now, we’re proud to again welcome the public to share in the Belgian success story that is Princess Elisabeth Antarctica. Inside the Station opens at Tour & Taxis, Brussels, on December 22, and runs until May 31 2013.

Following the 2007 celebration, Princess Elisabeth Antarctica was shipped south for deployment, where the wind and solar-powered centre for international polar scientific research has become a beacon in the quest for answers to the global energy challenge.

During each Antarctic summer, scientists travel from all over the world to Princess Elisabeth Antarctica. Inside the Station coincides with Belgium’s Antarctic Research mission (BELARE 2012-2013) Antarctic season, during which some 30 scientists from Belgium and other countries will live and work at the station.

Meanwhile, Inside the Station takes visitors on an interactive journey inside the Princess Elisabeth Antarctica; visitors of all ages can experience daily life in the frozen south, the importance of polar science, and the continuing evolution of the world’s first zero emission polar research station.

The exhibition features amazing reconstructions of Princess Elisabeth Antarctica, which give visitors the opportunity to experience first hand:

  • The technologies used at Princess Elisabeth Antarctica– the smart grid, the renewable energy systems, and more
  • The incredible Antarctic environment - including glaciers and wildlife
  • Logistics – getting arduous journey to the Antarctic – using satellites, aircraft, ships, and tractors
  • The Science – the scientific programmes at Princess Elisabeth Antarctica, which help us to learn more about our planet’s mechanisms
  • Daily Life – Working, eating, sleeping and managing energy in the frozen south
  • Princess Elisabeth Antarctica is an example of how we can deal with climate change – and the actions we can take at a personal and community level to respond to this challenge.

For more information, including detailed information on ticketing, opening hours and directions, please visit the Inside the Station website.

Author: IPF

Picture: Princess Elisabeth Antarctica - © International Polar Foundation

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