Concordia chef Giorgio Deidda sent us this recipe for Chicken briouats: Alex is writing blogs for the New York Times over the next few weeks. In his recent entry he wrote about Antarctic cooking. I thought I would share this recipe of a Moroccan briouats: stuffed fried-pastry.
Obviously at Concordia I had to use dried mint and frozen chicken as we have run out of fresh food. You are advised to use fresh mint and chicken if possible! (more…)
Scientist at work: Alex blogging at the New York Times
This sent in by Alex Kumar just a few hours ago. Welcome, Sun! The flags were raised last Summer and have been eaten away by the harsh climate of Antarctica.
Morning of 12 August 2012: first sunrise at Concordia Station in Antarctica, breaking over three months of complete darkness. Taken from the roof of a Station building by British medical doctor Alexander Kumar. Credit: ESA/IPEV/ENEA-A. Kumar
Skyping into Mars Society event: video replay
Alexander sent us this video record of his Skype chat on 5 August, conducted as part of the Mars Society's 2012 convention and held just prior to Curiosity's touch down on the Red Planet. Alex wrote:
It was a pleasure, privilege and honour to have spoken by means of a pre-recorded interview to the Mars Society's 2012 Convention on Sunday night about my experiences at Concordia – on the eve of the historic and successful (audacious) landing on the surface of Mars.
I have provided a copy of the pre-recorded interview here - I hope you enjoy it!
Today in-between running two research sessions, after lunch I took a stroll outside. There was some light - so for once I did not need a head torch.
Credits: ESA/IPEV/ENEA-A. Kumar
Everything had changed. I was in an alien land. I was so used to the dark, navigating one footstep at a time, only seeing as far as the artificial light from my head torch shone. Around me it used to be pitch black. Now for a few hours a day, the Sun remains trapped below the horizon but you get the feeling that it is bursting at its seams to rise above the horizon. (more…)