After being overly frustrated in their attempt to leave an Antarctic research base, 13 Brazilian congressmen managed to leave the freezing polar cap and are now safe and sound in Punta Arenas, Chile, set to return home soon.
The group had been waiting for a return flight since Jan.24, but bad weather and aircraft equipment problems delayed their departure from the Antarctic for nearly a week. They were invited by the Brazilian Navy to take a look at how Brazilian scientific research funds are being spent by polar-based researchers. They are expected to arrive in Rio late this afternoon after a stopover in Pelotas, Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil).
The odds now is that they will no longer miss their Carnival celebrations in sunny Rio, or anywhere else in Brazil, after a weeks' down time under freezing polar temperatures. It's Brazil's down time to sweat out a cold now.