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

Prologue

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...

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...