First sign of Raid. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA-F. van den Berg

Dots on the horizon

Taken from ESA-sponsored medical doctor Floris van den Berg's personal blog: ‘I see the sea! First!’  – my sisters My family went to the North Sea for holidays almost every year. The second we got there, my sisters...

Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA-F. van den Berg

Icy water

Living in isolation in the remoteness of Antarctica how do you get drinking water? One thing that Concordia research station has enough of is snow. ESA-sponsored medical doctor Floris van den Berg explains all, taken from his...

Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA-F. van den Berg

Berlin, we have a problem

“Okay, Berlin, we’ve had a problem here.” Concordia 2016 Taken from ESA-sponsored medical doctor in Antarctica Floris van den Berg's personal blog: People often refer to Concordia as the “White Mars”, and not just because of the harsh...

Evacuation chute. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA-F. van den Berg

Evacuation drill – down the rabbit hole

ESA-sponsored medical doctor Floris van den Berg on the evacuation procedure at Concordia research station, taken from his personal blog: “Begin at the beginning,” the King said, very gravely, “and go on till you come to the...

Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA-F. van den Berg

Sleepless in the South

ESA-sponsored medical doctor Floris van den Berg recounts his first first weeks in Concordia, from his personal blog: Breakfast with 57 people, a little static spark almost every time I touch a doorknob, Ski-doo training, being out...

Breathing at -70 degrees celsius. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA - A. Kumar

(S)out(h) of breath

  ESA-sponsored medical doctor Floris van den Berg recounts how he prepared for his year-long stay in Concordia on his blog and explains why living in Concordia can be breathtaking. Concordia Station is effectively located 3800 meters above...

Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA-F. van den Berg

How to fly a spacecraft

ESA-sponsored medical doctor in Antarctica Floris van den Berg recounts on his blog the training on one of the more exciting experiments -- spaceflight training... On November 6th, 1985, Wubbo Ockels safely landed with the Challenger Space...

Bouncing Sun 24-hour panoramic. ESA/IPEV/PNRA-E. Macdonald-Nethercott

Sunrise sunrise

ESA-sponsored medical doctor Floris van den Berg, now in Antarctica, recounts on his blog his visits to the researchers whose experiments he will run at Concordia research station.  ‘Sunrise, sunrise Looks like mornin’ in your eyes, But the...

Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA-F. van den Berg

Merry X-mas from Antarctica

From ESA-sponsored medical doctor Floris van den Berg's blog: “Tis the season to remember And to count up all the ports of call I’ve known And to thank his mercies tender For I’m never far from home”...

Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA-B. Healey
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Happy Christmas from the Traverse

ESA-sponsored medical doctor Beth Healey is returning to Concordia over land, a 1300-km trek lasting 10 days... Update 2: We have made it back to Concordia, arriving on the evening of the second. We enjoyed a warm welcome...

Beth Healey enjoying the Sun on the coast. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA-B. Healey

Preparing for the traverse

ESA-sponsored medical doctor Beth Healey has just left Concordia research station after a year, only to start preparing to return!  I climbed into the small Twin Otter plane, and watched Concordia fade into the distance as we gained...