Didier in front of the Astrolabe. Credits: IPEV

Getting to Antarctica on the Astrolabe

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...

A view from the top of the “quiet” tower of Concordia during winter. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA–B. Healey

Going to Concordia

Didier Schmitt is a member of the space Task Force at the European External Action Service. He was previously scientific adviser and foresight coordinator at the European Commission (2012-14) in the Bureau of European Policy Advisers to...

Taking snow samples for the “BacFinder” experiment. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA–B. Healey

Why go to Antarctica?

Introducing the new ESA-sponsored medical doctor in Concordia research station: Carole Dangoisse with her first blog entry. Are you a medical doctor or know someone who is? ESA is looking for a recruit for next year. Over the past...

Last sunset at Concordia. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA–F. van den Berg

350 nights in Hotel Concordia

350 nights – one bed (well, actually two since I switched rooms) and recently I have been sleeping on a mattress on the floor since the French/Italian bed size is not suitable to my Dutch 1.90 cm...

Benoit. Credits: IPEV/PNRA

A plumber’s winter

I am Benoit Joncheray from Nantes, in the west of France, where I was born in 1990 and learnt the tricks of my trade – plumbing. I spent the last winter at Concordia research station in Antarctica...


Pack your suitcase for space!

This November, Thomas Pesquet will be the next French astronaut to fly to the International Space Station. How do astronauts pack their bags for a spaceflight? Suffice to say that it is a rigorous process, as they...


Slideshow of life in Concordia

Slideshow: impressions of life at Concordia research station in Antarctica where the night is long made by poet and IPEV/ENEA-UTA engineer Antonio Literio during his time in the white South.

Collecting urine. Credits; ESA/IPEV/PNRA–F. van den Berg

Contact light

Taken from ESA-sponsored medical doctor Floris van den Berg's blog:   Most people assume the famous line “that’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind” by Neil Armstrong were the first words spoken...

First sunrise in over three months. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA–F. van den Berg

First sunrise since 3 May

After four months with seeing the Sun rise above the horizon the crew of Concordia research station welcome its return from the rooftop. During the Antarctic summer some 60 scientists live and work on the base conducting research on...

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

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...