National Geographic : 1971 Nov
KODACHROME () N.G.S. Russian researchers on the peninsula FONT of scientific information, Antarctica also breeds goodwill. Formal protocol and inter national boundaries do not exist; men freely visit stations of other countries. Such was the tone and hope of the Antarctic Treaty, in which all signers agreed to forgo territorial claims to the continent for at least 30 years. A scientific team debarks from the Russian research vessel Professor Viese (above) at Bel lingshausen Station. The author found the 407 foot Viese "like an ocean liner-comfortable and spacious," accommodating the 200 scientists and technicians manning her computer center and many laboratories. Using rockets to probe the 648 skies 60 miles up, she and a sister ship increas ingly roam Antarctic waters for research. Bellingshausen carries the name of a Russian explorer who in 1821 became first to sight land within the Antarctic Circle. At the station, scien tists taking a chess break are watched by por traits of famous players in the game of history -from left, Marx, Lenin, and Engels (right, above). The "100" in the upper left corner sa lutes the centennial of Lenin's birth. The count down calendar at upper right promises the an nual shipment of food and new faces in four days. Until then, time crawls. The cook (right) cre ates a morale booster-fresh-baked bread. And then the day arrives! The Viese anchors with a team of scientists, including a comely oceanographer (far right) who will spend the summer analyzing seawater.