Posted on 13/03/2015 by julien
Summer at –30°C
ESA-sponsored medical doctor Beth Healey recounts her summer in Antarctica getting ready for four months of experiments and isolation in Concordia: First impressions: As we flew away from the coast and deep onto the icy plateau of...
Posted on 11/03/2015 by julien
Flight of the Concordians
Introducing ESA-sponsored medical doctor Beth Healey who is now at Concordia station. Her first blog entry describes the training before the start of her Antarctic adventure: Introduction: I was working for Tangent Expeditions, at 70°44’35”N in North...
Posted on 09/02/2015 by julien
This year’s science at Concordia
This year's science that the new arrivals will conduct for ESA during the Antarctic winter has been posted on ESA's website. From blood pressure to computers that assess your mood and searching for life. Read more here:...
Posted on 30/01/2015 by julien
Log Entry #20 – Homebound
Time: L+404 (December 2014) Temperature: +1 ˚C (DDU) Week: 58 Sunlight: Most of the day (DDU) Morale: Bad Leaving Concordia was harder than expected. At 05:00 in the morning I came down those long stairs one last...
Posted on 13/01/2015 by julien
Goodbye, Antarctica. And thank you.
ESA-sponsored medical doctor Adrianos Golemis bids farewell to Antarctica and Concordia with this message via Twitter: Goodbye, Antarctica. And thank you. This year's crew is already onsite and we hope to hear from them shortly.
Posted on 12/12/2014 by julien
Concordia Base Log By: Adrianos Golemis, ESA research MD Time: L+373 (November 2014) Temperature: -32 ˚C Week: 53 Sunlight: Continuous (24-hour day) Morale: Great, with a noticeable impact of change There is a rather insignificant line in...
Posted on 28/11/2014 by julien
Log Entry #18 – Share
ESA-sponsored medical doctor living in Concordia base in Antarctica sends this update on long-distance relationships, talking with ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst and the importance of sharing: Concordia Base Log Time: L+345 (October 2014) Temperature: -45 ˚C Week:...
Posted on 10/10/2014 by julien
To the next winter crew
IPEV/ENEA-UTA engineer Antonio Litterio returns after a year back in civilisation with a message to next winter’s Concordia particiapnts. As always please pause during reading of this text to follow the music Oceano by Roberto Cacciapaglia: It...
Posted on 23/09/2014 by julien
An update from ESA-sponsored medical researcher Adrianos Golemis without pictures. Time: L+308 (September 2013) Temperature: -59 degrees C Week: 45 Sunlight: 12 hours Morale: Great! “He who has everything values nothing – and he who has nothing values everything”. Perhaps surprisingly, this quote does not come from a grand historical study or religious text, but from Frank Herbert’s saga, Dune. It is a saying of the desert people who are deprived of many commodities in their toil for survival, so learn to appreciate every drop of bliss in their life. While it is an exaggeration to imply that we lack as many luxuries in Antarctica as the desert people do on...
Posted on 18/08/2014 by Lisa
The Highs and the Lows
Life at Concordia is not always perfect. That much you can picture by reading any book about life in extreme conditions, isolation and confinement in particular. After nine months surrounded by ice, I can tell you that...
Posted on 04/08/2014 by Lisa
As has been the case over the last 10 months, I write this from a remote research Station at the centre of the Antarctic continent. I represent a bold move on behalf of humanity to defy Antarctica’s adverse...
Posted on 07/07/2014 by julien
How to survive a winter in Antarctica – in pictures
Former ESA-sponsored medical doctor to live in Concordia, Alexander Kumar, is having his images displayed at the Royal Photographic Society in Bath, UK, until 31 July. UK newspaper The Guardian posted a nice retrospective here. If you cannot...