Seismology cave. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA–D. Schmitt

At Concordia

Didier Schmitt is a member of the space Task Force at the European External Action Service. He is a regular opinion writer in major newspapers and magazines and has published a book on foresight. He will be contributing...

Concordia on the horizon is like approaching another planet! Credits: IPEV/PNRA/ESA–D. Schmitt

Arriving at Concordia

Didier Schmitt is a member of the space Task Force at the European External Action Service. He is a regular opinion writer in major newspapers and magazines and has published a book on foresight. He will be contributing...

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

Traversing the Antarctic Mad Max style

Didier Schmitt is a member of the space Task Force at the European External Action Service. He is a regular opinion writer in major newspapers and magazines and has published a book on foresight. He will be contributing...

Helicopter view. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA–D. Schmitt

Flying over the ice

Didier Schmitt is a member of the space Task Force at the European External Action Service. He is a regular opinion writer in major newspapers and magazines and has published a book on foresight. He will be contributing...

View from deck. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA–D. Schmitt

The Gastrolabe

Didier Schmitt is a member of the space Task Force at the European External Action Service. He is a regular opinion writer in major newspapers and magazines and has published a book on foresight. He will be contributing...

Astrolabe in the waves. Credits: ESA–D. Schmitt

Traversing the ocean to Antarctica

Didier Schmitt is a member of the space Task Force at the European External Action Service. He is a regular opinion writer in major newspapers and magazines and has published a book on foresight. He will be contributing...

Didier in front of the Astrolabe. Credits: IPEV

Getting to Antarctica on the Astrolabe

Didier Schmitt is a member of the space Task Force at the European External Action Service. He is a regular opinion writer in major newspapers and magazines and has published a book on foresight. He will be contributing...

A view from the top of the “quiet” tower of Concordia during winter. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA–B. Healey

Going to Concordia

Didier Schmitt is a member of the space Task Force at the European External Action Service. He was previously scientific adviser and foresight coordinator at the European Commission (2012-14) in the Bureau of European Policy Advisers to...

Taking snow samples for the “BacFinder” experiment. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA–B. Healey

Why go to Antarctica?

Introducing the new ESA-sponsored medical doctor in Concordia research station: Carole Dangoisse with her first blog entry. Are you a medical doctor or know someone who is? ESA is looking for a recruit for next year. Over the past...

Last sunset at Concordia. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA–F. van den Berg

350 nights in Hotel Concordia

350 nights – one bed (well, actually two since I switched rooms) and recently I have been sleeping on a mattress on the floor since the French/Italian bed size is not suitable to my Dutch 1.90 cm...

Benoit. Credits: IPEV/PNRA

A plumber’s winter

I am Benoit Joncheray from Nantes, in the west of France, where I was born in 1990 and learnt the tricks of my trade – plumbing. I spent the last winter at Concordia research station in Antarctica...

ESA/IPEV/PNRA–A. Kumar

Pack your suitcase for space!

This November, Thomas Pesquet will be the next French astronaut to fly to the International Space Station. How do astronauts pack their bags for a spaceflight? Suffice to say that it is a rigorous process, as they...