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...

Checking water quality. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA-A. Golemis

Ex Frigore, Scientia – Science, part 2

Continuing the double post on science in Concordia. Part one is available here. Another element of medical research at Concordia Station has to do with human psychology and its adaptation to long-term isolation and confinement. Crew members...

Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA-A. Golemis

White is the new Green

Living in such a special environment as Antarctica, you can imagine that our resources are scanty and the need to plan carefully what we consume is inexorable. What is more, Antarctica is unique as a continent considering...

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Ex Frigore, Scientia – Science, part 1

Greetings from the crew of Concordia Station, Dome Circe, Antarctica. Here the autumn equinox has passed and we are in anticipation of the long, dark winter. Today’s title is a reference to the mission insignia of the...

Lunar encounter with our flags. Credits:ESA/IPEV/PNRA-A. Golemis

Cold astronomy

Stargazing and astrophotography have always generated deep feelings in me. It was the main reason that I joined the Amateur Astronomy Club of Thessaloniki (OFA), where I enjoyed many sleepless nights watching the skies and pondering when...

Moon over Concordia base. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA-A. Golemis

Spacewalking in Antarctica

Hello, world. It’s been a long time since I wrote last, in part due to an increasing workload and in part due to our new interests here at Concordia Station. I have started taking my first steps...

Concordia floor plan. Credits: IPEV - S. Malo

Visual tour of Concordia

Despite intermittent internet access, ESA-sponsored medical doctor Adrianos Golemis took a photographic overview of Concordia base. Using the floorplan to the right as a guide, take a visual tour of the two-storey twin-tower base and imagine this...

Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA-A. Golemis

Moonrise

Adrianos tweeted this picture from Concordia ten days after the long polar night started. For four months the moon and the stars will be their only company. Follow Adrianos on twitter as @astrovenator The Moon rises above...

Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA-A. Kumar

Goodnight Concordia

Today will be the last time the Concordia crew see the Sun for 3.5 months. Adrianos Golemis, ESA-sponsored research doctor tweeted this: Beginning of the long polar night at Concordia Station - last sunrise today and 3.5...

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Concordia calling

Have you been following this blog and think you would like to experience the extreme isolation, cold and beautiful views? If you are a medical doctor ESA is offering you just that chance. Spend a year on...