Concordia dawn. Credits: ESA/PNRA/IPEV-A. Golemis

Concordia dawn

Following ESA-sponsored medical doctor Adrianos Golemis on his travels to Concordia this blog entry recounts his first weeks on the Antarctic base last November. Concord Dawn was a fictional world that I remember from childhood as I...

Nature's art. Credit: ESA/IPEV/PNRA-A. Golemis

A Realm of Ice

Adrianos Golemis recounts his travels to Concordia and the many stopovers on the way. In the land of ice, the sun shined mockingly without end. While in Mario Zucchelli Station, we experienced the midnight sunlight that the...

Summer camp. Credits: IPEV/PNRA/ESA-A. Golemis

Storm before the calm – last week befor...

This week sees the last Summer scientists leave Concordia research base. The hubbub of activity during Antarctica’s more friendly months when temperatures generally stay above -20°C and the Sun shines brightly is coming to an end. Over...

Susan Ip Jewell. Credits: K. Staats

Is there a doctor on Mars?

Update 10 February: Watch a video of the telesurgery from Kai Staats, Mars134 crewmember via space.com It sounds like something from a science-fiction survival-film: a colleague on a Martian outpost breaks a leg during a mission far...

Credit: Mars134

Telesurgery experiment: Mars to Earth

Unfortunately the planned telesurgery hookup with Concordia and the Mars Desert Research Station did not work. Adrianos writes: "Yesterday we tried for more than 2 hours to connect with you, and our IT technician did a tremendous...

Mars map Mawrth Vallis is L2 and II Thyle I is GH1. Credits: Thomas Wilson & the Mars-X Team (ISU)

Connecting Mars to Mars: Concordia joins Mars...

Concordia has been likened to a white Mars before, and ESA is interested in research at the remote base because of its similarities to living on our neighbouring planet. Last Friday saw the start of the Mars134...

First steps on the ice. Credits: IPEV/PNRA/ESA-A. Golemis

An ocean of feelings

On 2 November I embarked on the longest journey of my life. It was also the most extended continuous stay away from my country, and from the world in general. After saying farewell to my parents in...

Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA - A. Salam

Concordia: living on white Mars

Everything you ever wanted to know about Concordia in a handy PDF for offline browsing. ESA's Concordia infokit is available online: Concordia - Living on white Mars

Enter the Brave

Next stop in my autumn sojourns was Brest, or to be precise, a place close-by called Plouzane. The headquarters of the French Polar Institute “Paul-Emile Victor” (IPEV) are located here and our training for the upcoming experience was about to begin. It was in Brest that I first met my winter comrades, or at least ‘the French connection’: Olivier, Cecile, Pierre, and Julien. Xavier and Bruno would join us later. We spent a week in small summer bungalows which was a fun experience. We were not alone, in fact every French polar explorer that would journey to the Arctic, Antarctic, or Subantarctic in the coming months was there! We dined every night...

A Planet that is furthest from and an ode to ...

ESA-sponsored medical doctor at Concordia, Adrianos Golemis, sent his blog entry written weeks before the start of his Concordia adventure: Time:  L-60 (September 2013) Morale: High It is September, the beginning of Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere, Spring in the South. I was starting to think more globally since I had decided that I would join the Concordia winterover expedition. Ten days of vacation with Judith in the Greek island of Santorini were really refreshing and helped shape my decision. In the summer sun, surrounded by nice people, fearfull thoughts are far away! After graduating from the International Space University in Strasbourg at the end of August, I had one week to...

Chef Giorgio is back

Long-time followers of this blog will remember Antarctic chef extraordinaire Giorgio Deidda. He has returned to Concordia station for no less than his third winter stay in isolation. Giorgio is at it again cooking wonderful meals in extreme environments. ESA's medical doctor on the research base, Adrianos Golemis, tweeted this: French cheese, Australian kangaroo, Russian salad, cooked by Italian @chefgiorgiod &enjoyed by a Greek in Antarctica! pic.twitter.com/D5UccvdG1g — Adrian Golemis (@Astrovenator) December 8, 2013 Browse Chef Deidda's posts from 2011 as we hope to bring you some more recipes from the cold in the coming months.

EpilogueEpilogo

Concordia DC9 crewmember Antonio Litterio wrote a last blog entry before 'returning to Earth' after spending over a year at the Antarctic research station Concordia. Antonio recommends you listen to 'Wild Sea' by Roberto Cacciapaglia as you read his epilogue. Here we are, it is time to write an ending to my story and close a chapter of my life, a unique, challenging, and important chapter. In less than three hours a small plane will take me away from what has been my home for thirteen months. This moment seemed as if it would never arrive but finally the day has come. I will leave the pure white, cold Antarctica...