Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA-B. Healey

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...

In Greenland. Credits: Paul Cosgrove

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...

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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:...

Landing of the Bassler. ESA/IPEV/ENEA-A. Golemis

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...

Antarctic sunset. Credits: ESA/IPEV/ENEA

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.

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Touchdown

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...

Coincidental meeting with Alex and NASA’s Reid Wiseman in Star City about 2 years ago. Credits: A. Golemis

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:...

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

Enhanced Imagination

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...

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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...

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“One”

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...

Aurora Australis seen from Concordia Station Credit: ESA/IPEV/ENEAA/A. Kumar & E. Bondoux

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...