Welcome to Molodezhnaya Station
The base was established in 1962 in the Thala Hills oasis, a region of lakes and ponds in the low, rounded Thala Hills, 500m from Cosmonauts Sea. Many of its buildings were constructed using Arbolit, a special fire-resistant reinforced concrete, a precaution taken after the tragic 1960 fire at Mirny. The station gets its name from the molodezh (young people) who helped build it.
Molodezhnaya was the Soviet Union’s (and then Russia’s) main base of Antarctic research as well as its Antarctic Meteorological Centre from 1968. Numerous rockets were launched from here into the upper atmosphere for meteorology research between 1970 and 1984.