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    It's seventy years since the first expedition reached the North Pole. Eight Soviet explorer managed?

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    It's seventy years since the first expedition reached the North Pole. Eight Soviet explorer managed the journey last Thursday (31 May) with only boats and skis as their means of transport.

    SYNOPSIS: The expedition journeyed fifteen hundred kilometres (nine hundred miles) across ice and open water in temperatures of minus fifty degrees (c). Soviet officials and newsmen flew to the North Pole to greet the explores. The expedition, which took ten weeks, was led by a Moscow University Professor Dmitri Shparo, who was congratulated by officials.

    The team of engineers and one doctor said they found the first stage of their expedition the hardest. They used no dog teams or motorised sleds, only boats and skis.

    The explorers signed technical and sporting certificates at a celebration marking their success. They also buried a capsule in the ice which contained a record of their contained a record of their conquest and artifacts reflecting Soviet life today.

    The same flag Papanin raised over the North Pole forty-two years ago again signalled a Soviet expedition's arrival at the North Pole. At the end of the ceremony, Professor Shparo read out a message to President Leonid Brezhnev reporting the success of the venture.

    The ashes were carried on board a torpedo boat near Piraeus and taken out into the Aegean Sea. There, by Mount Nianias, they were scattered over the water as Miss Callas had requested in her will before she died. She'd said that she wanted to be `lost in the sea'.

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