Evacuation chute. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA-F. van den Berg

Evacuation drill – down the rabbit hole

ESA-sponsored medical doctor Floris van den Berg on the evacuation procedure at Concordia research station, taken from his personal blog: “Begin at the beginning,” the King said, very gravely, “and go on till you come to the...

Breathing at -70 degrees celsius. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA - A. Kumar

(S)out(h) of breath

  ESA-sponsored medical doctor Floris van den Berg recounts how he prepared for his year-long stay in Concordia on his blog and explains why living in Concordia can be breathtaking. Concordia Station is effectively located 3800 meters above...

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

How to fly a spacecraft

ESA-sponsored medical doctor in Antarctica Floris van den Berg recounts on his blog the training on one of the more exciting experiments -- spaceflight training... On November 6th, 1985, Wubbo Ockels safely landed with the Challenger Space...

Bouncing Sun 24-hour panoramic. ESA/IPEV/PNRA-E. Macdonald-Nethercott

Sunrise sunrise

ESA-sponsored medical doctor Floris van den Berg, now in Antarctica, recounts on his blog his visits to the researchers whose experiments he will run at Concordia research station.  ‘Sunrise, sunrise Looks like mornin’ in your eyes, But the...

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

Merry X-mas from Antarctica

From ESA-sponsored medical doctor Floris van den Berg's blog: “Tis the season to remember And to count up all the ports of call I’ve known And to thank his mercies tender For I’m never far from home”...

Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA-B. Healey
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Happy Christmas from the Traverse

ESA-sponsored medical doctor Beth Healey is returning to Concordia over land, a 1300-km trek lasting 10 days... Update 2: We have made it back to Concordia, arriving on the evening of the second. We enjoyed a warm welcome...

Beth Healey enjoying the Sun on the coast. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA-B. Healey

Preparing for the traverse

ESA-sponsored medical doctor Beth Healey has just left Concordia research station after a year, only to start preparing to return!  I climbed into the small Twin Otter plane, and watched Concordia fade into the distance as we gained...

Placing the signs. Credits: ESA/IPEV/ENEA-A. Golemis

A long way home…

A tradition at Concordia research station is for all members of the winter crew to fashion a sign pointing to their home town. They are placed outside as a memento to the many people from all over the...

Floris 'floating' in the Columbus space laboratory mockup. Credits: ESA-F. van den Berg

I met my team! 

As the new ESA-sponsored medical doctor in Concordia gets acclimatised to living on the ice we will continue to publish his blog entries on his training: We are back at the European Astronaut Centre (EAC) in Cologne...

Lidar research in Antarctica. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA-B. Healey

Are you a doctor with the right stuff?

ESA is looking for a medical doctor to be next year's contact at Concordia. Think you are up to the challenge in the cold, or know someone who could? Read more on the ESA website and apply...

Floris van den Berg arrives at Concordia. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA-B. Healey

New arrivals

ESA-sponsored medical doctor Floris van den Berg has arrived at Concordia research station. Floris has completed the long voyage via Geneva, Frankfurt, Singapore, Christchurch, a one-night stopover at Mario Zuchelli Station before the final destination Concordia where...

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

Welcome to the Ivy League!

Continuing the new ESA-sponsored medical doctor’s blog entries on preparing for his year-long stay in Antarctica, Floris van den Berg writes: It was actually my hotel that welcomed me, but still, visiting an Ivy League university is...