UK's floating polar research laboratory (PHOTOS)

The £200m RRS Sir David Attenborough is described as a floating polar research laboratory.

Currently harboured at UK port of Harwich, Essex, it will depart on Sunday for Antarctica.

In the coming years, the Cambridge-based British Antarctic Survey (BAS) believe the Polar Ice Class 5 ship will enable world-leading research in Antarctica.

RSS Sir David Attenborough
Dr Elaine Fitzgerald
The largest of the lab rooms
Capt Will Whatley is in charge of the RSS Sir David Attenborough
Inside one of the cabins
Steve Carpenter, chef
A menu
helideck of RRS Sir David Attenborough
The aim of the AI system, said Prof Maria Fox, is to keep the ship as economical as possible
containers loaded onto the vessel
Dr Sophie Fielding, a fisheries acoustician, will be leading the science trials in the forthcoming voyage


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