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Science - Antarctic Campaigns

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About Science - Antarctic Campaigns

Every austral summer, since 1987-1988, the Spanish Antarctic Campaign has been carried out without interruption.

The main objective of the campaign is to develop the scientific projects approved within the different scientific, technical and innovation research programs, both state and other scientific programs and other scheduled activities

Scientific research in the polar regions is especially relevant due to the global significance of the processes and discoveries that take place in them. The Spanish Polar Committee (CPE) is the Spanish authority in charge of coordinating Spanish research, development and innovation activities in the polar areas.

The Spanish Antarctic bases and oceanographic vessels are the infrastructure that Spain has for the support and development of polar research.

The BAE Juan Carlos I, managed by the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), was opened in January 1988. It is located on Livingston Island (South Shetland)

The BAE Juan Carlos I, managed by the CSIC, was opened in January 1988; It is considered a Great Scientific Facility by the Ministry of Science and Technology. It is located on the SE coast of South Bay, on the Hurd Peninsula of Livingston Island (South Shetland archipelago),

At the end of 1989 and beginning of 1990, the then military shelter, today the Spanish Antarctic Base (BAE) “Gabriel de Castilla”, was installed on Deception Island. It is managed by the Army and is located about 20 sailing miles from the BAE Juan Carlos I.

Logistical support has been carried out since 1991 by the Hespérides oceanographic research vessel, initially supported by the Las Palmas, both of the Spanish Navy, until the latter's withdrawal, a place that has been occupied by the CSIC's "Sarmiento de Gamboa" oceanographic vessel. .

The Spanish Antarctic campaign constitutes a model of cooperation between different public and private institutions at the service of R&D&I.

The block sheet includes in the background the coordinates of the map that describes Antarctica, the base is the great protagonist of the stamp and at its ends appears the oceanographic research vessel Hesperides (A-33) and a group of people in one of the campaigns.