Malaysia's 'ice queens' continue journey to Antarctica

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  • Sunday, 22 Dec 2019

SHAH ALAM (Bernama): The All Women Expedition to Antarctica (Aweta), who were held up due to unpredictable weather in Puntas Arenas, Chile, was finally able to continue the journey on Saturday (Dec 21).

Its spokeswoman, when contacted by Bernama, said the team led by polar adventurer Dr Sharifah Mazlina Syed Abdul Kadir, was allowed into Antarctica Saturday afternoon.

"The group flew into Antarctica about 6pm yesterday after their flight had been postponed since Wednesday (Dec 18) due to uncertain rains in Puntas Arenas.

"They boarded an aircraft from Puntas Arenas to Antarctica and the journey will approximately take five to six hours," she added.

So far, there were no new updates on the group expedition as communication could only be made via satellite, the spokeswoman said.

The team is on a mission to retrieve and unearth a time capsule planted by Sharifah Mazlina during her first mission to Antarctica in 2004.

The location of the capsule might have changed or had submerged after 14 years of being buried in the South Pole or it might be inside the US Research Centre area.

The team, comprising pharmacist Nurul Atiqah Tamarun, 31; Army Corporal Siti Jumaidah Bensali, 34, and Home Ministry administrative and diplomatic officer, Salehah Abu Nor, 33, had been slated to begin the mission from Dec 18 until Jan 3. – Bernama

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