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Elevation map of Antarctica. Credits: ESRI

Elevation map of of Antarctica

A great interactive map of Antarctica has been published that shows the elevation of Antarctica and its research stations. The map shows elevation data of the terrain down to eight meters. Made by a team from the...

Concordia station – in terms of both distance and travel time even more remote than the International Space Station.

Sharing isolation in space – together

The French-Italian Concordia research station in Antarctica, maintained and operated by the French and Italian polar institutes IPEV and PNRA,  is one of the most remote base on Earth. Situated not only near the South Pole, but...

The never-ending ice. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA–C. Dangoisse

Marathon on ice

Dr. Carole Dangoisse was the ESA-sponsored medical doctor spending 12 months at Concordia research station in Antarctica. She facilitated a number of experiments on the effects of isolation, light deprivation, and extreme temperatures on the human body...

Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA–C. Dangoisse

First light

ESA’s research doctor Carole Dangoisse writes: After 3 months of varying degrees of darkness, but no solar disk on the horizon, the sun has finally re-emerged! What a relief for everyone…. Throughout the week people run to...

A day in Dumont d’Urville

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...

Adult adelie and two baby Emperors. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA–D. Schmitt

Settling in at Dumont d’Urville

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...

Twin Otter refueling

Leaving 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...

Carole and Didier in front of Concordia base. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA

Staying 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...

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...