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Slideshow of life in Concordia

Slideshow: impressions of life at Concordia research station in Antarctica where the night is long made by poet and IPEV/ENEA-UTA engineer Antonio Literio during his time in the white South.

Collecting urine. Credits; ESA/IPEV/PNRA–F. van den Berg

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Taken from ESA-sponsored medical doctor Floris van den Berg's blog:   Most people assume the famous line “that’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind” by Neil Armstrong were the first words spoken...

Antonio. Credits: IPEV/ENEA-UTA-A. Literio

Antarctic astronauts

ESA has teamed up with the British Antarctic Survey to study how humans survive conditions resembling a long duration spaceflight or staying on the Moon or Mars. Fortunately, there is somewhere on Earth where people are as...

Step by step, humankind expands its presence, reaching for the stars.


It is a question of time. One day the ship will blast off, taking a human crew on a journey through space to the planet Mars. Step by step, humankind expands its presence beyond the surface of...

Beth Healey – a polar scientist

Part 1. The Induction

Some things change you forever. They put your life on a trajectory you had never planned, different from those of all your friends – and you are propelled into adventure. I was just a young girl growing...

Basler plane and mountain peaks. Credits: British Antarctic Survey

Part 2. The Arrival

As the plane roared off from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, I realised with excitement and a little trepidation that our Antarctic adventure was finally taking off as well. We flew down via Singapore to New Zealand,...

Beth Healey with an EPICA ice core. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA

Part 3. White Mars

I had travelled across the world to come to my new home, Concordia Station. Now I had to get to know the place, how things worked here, and find my place among its crew. They made up...

A view from outside Concordia station. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA–F. van den Berg

Part 4. Dark Mars

  When winter comes to Concordia you’d better be prepared. Before us were nine months of complete isolation, four of these in constant darkness as the sun would never rise above the horizon. It was a busy...

I could not help wondering what worlds might be out there. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA–B. Healey

Part 5. Dark Mars (continued)

To get out of my dark mood of semi-hibernation I tried to motivate myself to go to the gym. In the end my trainers did not leave my bedroom nearly as often as I had hoped but...

Beth driving the caterpillar Challenger tractor. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA–B. Healey

Part 6. The traverse

Seeing the sun after those four months of constant darkness was an instant energiser. I got a new understanding of its power and why it holds such an important place in many cultures across the world and...