After cruising on an ice-floe for nearly a week in the Arctic, twenty American scientists were rescued by the U.
S.V. RESCUE PLANE ARRIVING AT LA GUARDIA AIRPORT.
S.C.U. WIVES LOOKING ON.
S.V. MEMBER OF THE EXPEDITION STEPPING DOWN FROM PLANE AND BEING GREETED BY WIFE, FOLLOWED BY ANOTHER.
FLASHBACK TO ICE PACK..SHOT OF SNOW AND ICE AND EXPEDITION...INTERIOR SHOTS MAKING RADIO CALLS.
THREE EXPLORERS WALKING BACK AT LA GUARDIA.
PAN MEMBER OF THE RESCUE TEAM.
L.V.PAN MEMBERS OF THE EXPEDITION AND RESCUE TEAM.
Initials S-D/CW A.W./P.B.
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Background: After cruising on an ice-floe for nearly a week in the Arctic, twenty American scientists were rescued by the U.S. Air Force and eleven of them flown from Greenland to New York. The eleven stopped at Westover, Massachusetts, where they were given an enthusiastic welcome and presented with medals.
All the scientists were taking part in I.G.Y. observation in the Arctic. They recorded ocean depths, currents and temperatures. Their base, which was established in April 1957, was originally five miles long and two miles wide. In the last eighteen months it gradually decreased in size until it was split by a violent storm on Sunday, November 2. It then drifted in high winds for nearly a week before the rescue was made.
Leader of the group was Research Assistant at Columbia University, Dr. George VCvikanovich. He stepped from the plane at New York into a comparatively warm atmosphere of 55 degrees C.