Posted on 31/12/2015 by julien
ESA-sponsored medical doctor Floris van den Berg, now in Antarctica, recounts on his blog his visits to the researchers whose experiments he will run at Concordia research station. ‘Sunrise, sunrise Looks like mornin’ in your eyes, But the...
Posted on 14/10/2015 by julien
The Analemma in Antarctica
Last year's ESA-sponsored medical doctor at Concordia has been working on his videos and shared this project of charting the Sun over his year-stay in Antarctica: Wouldn't it be interesting to keep a log of your location...
Posted on 17/09/2015 by julien
The return of the Sun
The long polar night lasted 105 days at Concordia Station, far longer than an Accident and Emergency night shift I had previously complained about while working in Chelsea, UK! It is a strange thing to miss something...
Posted on 24/06/2015 by julien
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.
Posted on 25/02/2014 by julien
Advanced photography in freezing conditions
Concordia veteran and ESA-sponsored medical doctor Eoin Macdonald-Nethercott spent over a year in Antarctica. He returned to the United Kingdom in 2011 where he now works as accident and Emergency Speciality Doctor. He is still editing pictures...
Posted on 04/10/2013 by julien
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...
Posted on 27/09/2013 by julien
Melancholy and the infinite Sun
Winter in Concordia seen through the eyes of French glaciologist Albane Barbero. Translated from her French blog. Everything began on 5 May when the Sun said goodbye. We were grouped together at the Astronomia Laboratory for a brunch with vin chaud. After three months of isolation, this get-together ‘in the countryside’ did us a world of good, but we realised all the same: the winter has started for real now. After taking many pictures of the Sun’s farewell we continued with a trilingual game of Pictionary: Italian, English and French. We ended the day with a visit to the hair salon and continued upgrading our library by adding dividers by letter, we...
Posted on 22/09/2013 by julien
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....
Posted on 13/09/2012 by julien
Return of the Sun
Alex sent us these photos to celebrate the return of the Sun:
Posted on 01/08/2012 by julien
Sitting waiting for the Sun
Today in-between running two research sessions, after lunch I took a stroll outside. There was some light - so for once I did not need a head torch. Everything had changed. I was in an alien land. I was so used to the dark, navigating one footstep at a time, only seeing as far as the artificial light from my head torch shone. Around me it used to be pitch black. Now for a few hours a day, the Sun remains trapped below the horizon but you get the feeling that it is bursting at its seams to rise above the horizon.
Posted on 23/06/2012 by julien
Midsummer up north
Alex writes: During midwinter in the southern hemisphere we try to remember the sunlight and wonder about midsummer. I was sent this text which shows how varied different places on planet Earth can be... At the Andøya Rocket Range in northern Norway the Sun has been up since mid-May and will not dip below the horizon until July 25. It is easier to get up in the morning and more difficult to go to bed at night when the Sun hovers over the ocean. It is as if the Sun itself is urging us to stay up. Just a little bit longer, it pleads… you can sleep in the winter.
Posted on 19/06/2012 by julien
Join the dark side: send us questions and photos
Alex writes: This week we celebrate midwinter. We are halfway through the darkness and on the home stretch to see the sun for the first time in four months. The northern hemisphere will celebrate midsummer this week. Opposites attract - we would love to see your photos of the Sun and your midsummer celebrations. Share them on this Flickr group.