Stranded Antarctic Researchers Make The Most Of It With Delightful Tweets And Vines

Updated: The Chinese rescue was ship was forced to turn back, but an Australian vessel is on the way. Scientists have been posting some awesome images from aboard the blocked research ship, which is currently stuck in ice.

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Fortunately, they all appear to have internet access, as a researcher aboard the ship has been tweeting updates on their status.

Shokalskiy met heavy ice Xmas Eve. Want to reassure family & friends all well. Chinese ice breaker expt'd 24hrs.

Chris Turney

@ProfChrisTurney

Shokalskiy met heavy ice Xmas Eve. Want to reassure family & friends all well. Chinese ice breaker expt'd 24hrs.

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Chris Turney, professor of Climate Change at the University of New South Wales, has been tweeting photos and Vines from the stranded vessel.

Guardian reporter Alok Jha has been posting updates as well...

Like true polar explorers, @loztopham and I stuck in ice near Antarctica. Awaiting rescue by an icebreaker

Alok Jha

@alokjha

Like true polar explorers, @loztopham and I stuck in ice near Antarctica. Awaiting rescue by an icebreaker

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From the Guardian: How to file a story when you are trapped in Antarctic ice – video http://t.co/czOZiBMEa3

Alok Jha

@alokjha

From the Guardian: How to file a story when you are trapped in Antarctic ice – video http://t.co/czOZiBMEa3

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As has documentary producer Laurence Topham.

Merry Christmas from Antarctica! @alokjha and I are currently stuck in ice awaiting rescue by a Chinese icebreaker!

Laurence Topham

@loztopham

Merry Christmas from Antarctica! @alokjha and I are currently stuck in ice awaiting rescue by a Chinese icebreaker!

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Everybody seems to be pretty cool with their current situation.

Stuck in ice. All well. Relief expt'd 30 hrs. Science continuing. #spiritofmawson

Chris Turney

@ProfChrisTurney

Stuck in ice. All well. Relief expt'd 30 hrs. Science continuing. #spiritofmawson

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I mean, they're surrounded by penguins so that certainly helps.

Adelie penguins come to check out what's going on! #spiritofmawson

Chris Turney

@ProfChrisTurney

Adelie penguins come to check out what's going on! #spiritofmawson

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Antarctic Adelie penguins having a nice lie-down

Alok Jha

@alokjha

Antarctic Adelie penguins having a nice lie-down

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A second blizzard rolled in after the ship got stuck, inspiring this truly excellent Vine starring Turney and Jha of the gentlemen.

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Shokalskiy this am in sea ice. All well. Blizzard passed. #spiritofmawson

Chris Turney

@ProfChrisTurney

Shokalskiy this am in sea ice. All well. Blizzard passed. #spiritofmawson

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After inspecting the vessel to make sure everything was shipshape after the second blizzard, the researchers got back to work.

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Expedition leader Greg Mortimer inspects the bow of the Akademik Shokalskiy from the ice @GdnAntarctica

Laurence Topham

@loztopham

Expedition leader Greg Mortimer inspects the bow of the Akademik Shokalskiy from the ice @GdnAntarctica

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MORE SCIENCE.

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The view from the front of the Shokalkskiy. Lots and lots of ice. It's the sand out back.

Alok Jha

@alokjha

The view from the front of the Shokalkskiy. Lots and lots of ice. It's the sand out back.

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He's been posting updates about the icebreaker that's currently en route to help free the ship.

Good news. Sounds like the Chinese icebreaker Snow Dragon is just 25 miles away. Hope to see it in a couple of hours! #spiritofmawson

Chris Turney

@ProfChrisTurney

Good news. Sounds like the Chinese icebreaker Snow Dragon is just 25 miles away. Hope to see it in a couple of hours! #spiritofmawson

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Great news. Icebreaker Snow Dragon on horizon with penguins! Everyone very happy! #spiritofmawson

Chris Turney

@ProfChrisTurney

Great news. Icebreaker Snow Dragon on horizon with penguins! Everyone very happy! #spiritofmawson

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He even made a delightful Vine to announce that they'd sighted the rescue ship!

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Update - 3:30 p.m. ET: Jha has tweeted that the Chinese icebreaker Xue Long was forced to turn back. They are now awaiting the arrival of an Australian icebreaker.

Our rescue boat, the Xue Long, has had to turn back because the ice was too thick for it to get through. We're now awaiting Aurora Australis

Alok Jha

@alokjha

Our rescue boat, the Xue Long, has had to turn back because the ice was too thick for it to get through. We're now awaiting Aurora Australis

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