Floris van den Berg arrives at Concordia. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA-B. Healey

New arrivals

ESA-sponsored medical doctor Floris van den Berg has arrived at Concordia research station. Floris has completed the long voyage via Geneva, Frankfurt, Singapore, Christchurch, a one-night stopover at Mario Zuchelli Station before the final destination Concordia where...

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

Welcome to the Ivy League!

Continuing the new ESA-sponsored medical doctor’s blog entries on preparing for his year-long stay in Antarctica, Floris van den Berg writes: It was actually my hotel that welcomed me, but still, visiting an Ivy League university is...

Credits: ESA-F. van den Berg

I’m not fat. I’m big boned

While the crew in Antarctica are enjoying their first fresh fruit in nine months, the next ESA-sponsored medical doctor is en route to Concordia research base. We will be publishing some of Floris van den Berg's articles he has...

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Fit for Antarctica

ESA sponsored medical doctor Beth Healey writes: One of the most important things for us at Concordia is staying fit. Staying fit is easier said than done, especially during the long polar night. At times it was...

Credits: IPEV/PNRA-A. Litterio

What the eyes continue to see

    A follower on Twitter asked what the squeaking noise was on one of Antonio Litterio’s videos we posted recently: @esa what is that squeaking noise? — Oliver Foggin (@oliverfoggin) October 6, 2015 Here is Antonio's...

Antarctica Analemma. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA-A. Golemis

The Analemma in Antarctica

Last year's ESA-sponsored medical doctor at Concordia has been working on his videos and shared this project of charting the Sun over his year-stay in Antarctica: Wouldn't it be interesting to keep a log of your location...


Twitter chat with Beth Healey

From 18:00 CET ESA-sponsored Medical Doctor Beth Healey will be answering questions via Twitter. Send her a message to @BethaHealey via Twitter. This initiative is part of World Space Week 2015 and organised by the UK Space...

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Video overview of life at Concordia

Former Concordia crew Antonio Litterio published these videos from his stay that give a nice overview of his time in Antarctica. From getting there to the view from his window and the first Sunrise in 90 days....

Mario. Credits: IPEV/PNRA-M. Salza

To be a station leader

Introducing Concordia station leader Mario Salza: What does it mean to be Station Leader? Nice question! But not easy to answer… When I arrived in Concordia Station last November with the first airplane of the summer campaign,...


Concordia video: I am an astronaut get me out of here!

ESA-sponsored medical doctor Beth Healey at Concordia research station made this video for the I'm an astronaut, get me out of here!" educational campaign that will tie in with ESA astronaut Tim Peake's six-month mission to the International Space Station later this year. It gives a great overview of life in Antarctica researching spaceflight:

Beautiful morning. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA-B. Healey

The return of the Sun

The long polar night lasted 105 days at Concordia Station, far longer than an Accident and Emergency night shift I had previously complained about while working in Chelsea, UK! It is a strange thing to miss something...

Warming up for the Reddit AMA. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA

Ask Me Anything!

Three Concordia crewmembers, Lorenzo Moggio, Giampietro Casasanta and Beth Healey answered questions in a mammoth "Ask Me Anything" for Reddit science. With over 1800 questions and comments the trio worked until 4 in the morning to answer...