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Twin Otter refueling

Leaving Concordia

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...

Last month of winter

 Albane Barbero's last blog entry from Concordia, written before the first aircraft arrived last week. This entry is a rough translation from her original in French. October has been a long time passing but also, time is too short. Time has slowed down as we eagerly await the end, the arrival of new people, fruit and vegetables, our holidays and most importantly, to be reunited with our loved ones. On the other hand we have so many things to finish in preparation for the Summer crew that time is running out. We want to enjoy our last moments on the white continent with the friends we made here as well of course....

The kingdom of light is about to end<...

Last Sunday the Sun disappeared below the Antarctic horizon not to return for over three months. The crew at Concordia research station will live and work under artificial light in complete isolation. Antonio Litterio describes the feelings of fear and amazement and suggests you listen to "Wild Side" by Italian musician Roberto Cacciapaglia as you read this entry. This unofficial video of the song was suggested by Roberto himself as a suitable version to play while reading: Antarctica continues to change as it enters a new phase and the kingdoms that make up this immense territory will follow. The kingdom of light is about to end. The midday sun is now  afraid...

A brilliant day in a frigid land

Taken today Sebastien Aubin and Alexander Kumar in the Antarctica. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA - A. Kumar "The richest man in the world couldn't have bought our Antarctic sunset tonight..." - A. Kumar

Light at the end of the tunnel: our last sunset

Alex writes: It has been a week since we saw our last sunset.  I took some time out to enjoy and preserve this special time. From now on things are going to be different.  It will be more of a challenge trying to maintain a normal body clock. I have been lucky to have witnessed spectacular sunsets around the world, from Pokhara lake in the Himalayas to Caribbean sunsets worthy of postcards. I took a stroll and stood outside for a while to soak up the last rays.