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Agulhas a South African icestrengthened polar research/supply vessel... News Photo 159054841Antarctica,Cape Town,Challenge,Crossing,Exploration,Explorer,Finish,Horizontal,Leaving,Polar Climate,Ranulph Fiennes,Research,Science and Technology,Scientific Exploration,South Africa,South African,Supplies,Team,Vessel,WinterPhotographer AFP/Getty ImagesCollection: AFP 2013 AFPSA Agulhas a South African, ice-strengthened polar research/supply vessel leaves Cape Town on January 7, 2013, at the start of expedition to complete the last great polar challenge - crossing Antarctica in winter - Explorers Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Anton Bowring are leading a team of explorers. Their attempt aims at raising 10 million US dollars for Seeing is Believing, an organization tackling avoidable blindness. The challenge will take six months - mostly in complete darkness - for more than 2,000 miles. In total, the team will spend an estimated 273 days on the ice, and once under way, travel at an average of 35km per day. AFP PHOTO/ ALEXANDER JOE (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)