Tag Archives: isolation

Last plane. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA-F. van den Berg

Isolation

Following the adventures of ESA-sponsored medical doctor Floris van den Berg, taken from his personal blog: “Solitude, isolation, are painful things and beyond human endurance.” Jules Verne -The Mysterious Island (1874) Once all the snow settled after...

The Highs and the Lows

Life at Concordia is not always perfect. That much you can picture by reading any book about life in extreme conditions, isolation and confinement in particular. After nine months surrounded by ice, I can tell you that...

“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...

Shared experiences of isolation in cold space...

Antonio Litterio and the Concordia crew talked with ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano on the International Space Station last week. The Concordia crew, surrounded by 600 km of white space share their experiences with Luca, surrounded by infinite black space. As always Antonio suggests you listen to music by Roberto Cacciapaglia as you read his experience: On 20 September, our reality was confronted by another reality in a unique isolated location.  At 19:50 an unusual place shows on the screen in our living room , it is a small space and a person floats freely  right in the centre of it.  It is Luca Parmitano, the Italian astronaut currently on a mission on...

Contemplating life in a barren world

The last of Olivier Delanoë’s series of blog entries on the end of darkness and living without life around. Sometimes an alarm will sound  at night, waking us up with fatigued eyes. It even occurs that the alarm sounds multiple times, a horrible alarm clock that makes waking up even worse than usual. At this altitude, the ultra-dry air repairs our bodies even less than usual when sleeping. A medical experiment I am taking part in for ESA shows that we are suffering from sleep apnea. I often wake up with a dry mouth so I keep a bottle of water close at all times. I turn and turn in my bed....