Source Pravda.Ru

Russian schoolchildren set 3 world records in Antarctic venture

An international Antarctic youth expedition, Sky Odyssey for Russia's Glory, set three world records. The Russian Guinness Book has already registered them, RIA Novosti reports. There were children from all post-Soviet states in the team. The Russian word 'mir,' which means 'peace' in Russian, appeared on 6,000 sq m of the Antarctic snow. Mission members photographed the giant word with a digital camera, which they took on board a helicopter. The picture was uploaded in laptop and subsequently transmitted to the International Space Station via a communication satellite. Cosmonauts Salizhan Sharipov and Leroy Chiao sent the picture out all over the world, RIA Novosit reports.

The Antarctic expedition organized the world's first Olympic youth relay race in Antarctica to the distance of 2,012 meters distance symbolizing the year of the Summer Olympics, which Moscow is bidding to host. A plush penguin stood for the baton.

To celebrate the sports event, the kids made another inscription on the snow, 'Peace Moscow 2012,' on the territory of over 12,500 square meters.

The Sky Odyssey for Russia's Glory was sponsored by the Russian government and Moscow municipal authorities.