On April 19, 1957, the second station crew, headed by Geophysicist Valentin Driatsky, PhD (Geography), swung into action. Driatsky was placed in charge of the 13-person team in the run-up to International Geophysical Year.
The station's camp expanded little by little. A magnetic-equipment station and an ionosphere monitoring station, the first one on a drifting ice floe, were built outside the camp
Molten water appeared in the summer, and we had to drill ice holes. The hydrologists fared worse than everybody else because they had to cross deep puddles and rivulets, while walking toward their tents about 600 meters from the camp. Establishing, cleaning and maintaining the station's runway also required a lot of time and effort.
The endless polar day ended on August 24, and the North Pole 6 station's island started turning sharply. The meteorologists had trouble estimating the wind's direction, and the astronomer also faced new challenges.
The ice floe drifted near a coastal sandbank, while moving mostly due west and even southwest. It gradually accelerated and moved toward the De Long Islands. Everyone was worried because the icy island could hit the cliffs near Jeannette and Henrietta islands and crack apart.
The weather improved slightly on October 22, and the station's crew sighted Jeannette Island due southwest; its ice covered dome was clearly illuminated by the oblique rays of the setting Sun. The ice floe reached Henrietta Island on October 26.
Someone joked that these islands should be called Save Me, Oh God. His words were heard, and the station's crew was saved by some miracle
The wind's direction changed suddenly on November 1. The station's ice floe drifted 40 kilometers from Henrietta Island and later started moving west/northwest. Everyone cheered up, although the most difficult part of the polar night season lay ahead.
Clear weather with subzero temperatures prevailed throughout the long winter, with ambient temperatures sometimes dropping to minus 49 degrees Celsius in December.
We were getting anxious for the third station crew. Our island crisscrossed the Arctic in 12 months traveling 2,560 kilometers at an average speed of 7.2 kilometers per day. It drifted for 743 kilometers in a straight line, mostly heading northwest.