Beth Healey

Antonio. Credits: IPEV/ENEA-UTA-A. Literio
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Antarctic astronauts

ESA has teamed up with the British Antarctic Survey to study how humans survive conditions resembling a long duration spaceflight or staying on the Moon or Mars. Fortunately, there is somewhere on Earth where people are as...

Step by step, humankind expands its presence, reaching for the stars.

Prologue

It is a question of time. One day the ship will blast off, taking a human crew on a journey through space to the planet Mars. Step by step, humankind expands its presence beyond the surface of...

Beth Healey – a polar scientist

Part 1. The Induction

Some things change you forever. They put your life on a trajectory you had never planned, different from those of all your friends – and you are propelled into adventure. I was just a young girl growing...

Basler plane and mountain peaks. Credits: British Antarctic Survey

Part 2. The Arrival

As the plane roared off from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, I realised with excitement and a little trepidation that our Antarctic adventure was finally taking off as well. We flew down via Singapore to New Zealand,...

Beth Healey with an EPICA ice core. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA

Part 3. White Mars

I had travelled across the world to come to my new home, Concordia Station. Now I had to get to know the place, how things worked here, and find my place among its crew. They made up...

A view from outside Concordia station. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA–F. van den Berg

Part 4. Dark Mars

  When winter comes to Concordia you’d better be prepared. Before us were nine months of complete isolation, four of these in constant darkness as the sun would never rise above the horizon. It was a busy...

Beth driving the caterpillar Challenger tractor. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA–B. Healey

Part 6. The traverse

Seeing the sun after those four months of constant darkness was an instant energiser. I got a new understanding of its power and why it holds such an important place in many cultures across the world and...

Part 7. The homecoming

Concordia felt like a different place to that I had called home just a few weeks before. It was the height of summer, so the station was really busy. Decorations from celebrations I had not been part...

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...