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The Concordia crew haven't seen the sun now for over 40 days... Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA-B. Healey

Midsummer greetings

Post your images on the Flickr page For Concordia to share some summer sunshine with the 13 people living in the most remote, coldest, darkest place on Earth.

“One”

As has been the case over the last 10 months, I write this  from a remote research Station at the centre of the Antarctic continent. I represent a bold move on behalf of humanity to defy Antarctica’s adverse...

Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA-A. Kumar

Goodnight Concordia

Today will be the last time the Concordia crew see the Sun for 3.5 months. Adrianos Golemis, ESA-sponsored research doctor tweeted this: Beginning of the long polar night at Concordia Station - last sunrise today and 3.5...

A glow on the horizon

Alex writes: It is -74 Degrees Celsius... Welcome to Planet Concordia Taken today, this photograph shows a brief glow that appeared on the horizon and predicts the return of the sun in the next few weeks, warming our hearts with a New Hope.  It was truly a magnificent feeling, but one that should be taken with caution. Concordia has been alone in the darkness for 3 months. It kick-started our memories of daylight. Although the sun itself remains below the horizon, it provides a warming glow that broke the silent darkness over Concordia. And like the journey in Lord of the Rings, we were entering a new chapter in this trilogy, experiencing...

Midwinter celebrates a midway point of sorts

Alex writes: I will never forget my journey to Concordia. The flight over Antarctica involves a stop between Dumont Duville and Concordia to refuel. The refuelling stops are known as Midpoint A/B/C. You land in a blanket of white - all around you is a flat white horizon. You climb out of the hatch of the 'Twin Otter' airplane and stammer around in the relative hypoxia (lack of oxygen).  Nothing survives there, it is just featureless ice. In a way it could have been heaven.  You know you are half way somewhere, but know you still have a long way to go. Midwinter feels like this.  We are half way into our wintering...