Brazil Postpones Opening of Base in Antarctica after Bad Weather Disrupts Mourão Landing

Authorities have tried since Monday (13) to get to the station


The inauguration of the Brazilian scientific base in Antarctica, scheduled for this Tuesday (14), was postponed to Wednesday (15) due to weather conditions that did not allow the landing of aircraft with invited authorities.

Since Sunday, FAB aircraft have been trying to land at the Chilean Frei base, the closest airport to the Brazilian base, three hours away by ship, but are unable to complete operations due to the lack of a roof.

Comandante Ferraz Station. Crédito: Marinha do Brasil - Divulgação Marinha do Brasil

The region has volatile weather conditions, lack of visibility, and strong winds, which prevents the landing. Vice President Hamilton Mourão, Minister of Science and Technology, Marcos Pontes, Defense Minister Fernando Azevedo e Silva, among other guests have been waiting for a window since Monday (13) in Punta Arenas.

According to information from the Brazilian Navy, it is expected that on Wednesday (15), there will be an opening in time and that landing is possible.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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