To escape the hectic pace of the station it is best to join an expedition. The excavation of the instruments keeps us pleasantly warm throughout the afternoon.Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA–C. Possnig
Dr. Carmen Possnig is the ESA-sponsored medical doctor spending 12 months at Concordia research station in Antarctica. She facilitates a number of experiments on the effects of isolation, light deprivation, and extreme temperatures on the human body and mind. In the following post, Carmen discusses life in Antarctica.
“The coldest winter I’ve ever had was a summer in Antarctica”
Quote freely adapted from Mark Twain. Just a few months later I can no longer truthfully say that.
Frozen breathCredits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA–A. Kumar
A summer in Antarctica is already an extraordinary experience. Our station, intended for about 16 people, is populated with up to 72 people at times (which is still little, as I am told). Additional sleeping places are available in the nearby Summer Camp or in tents. During meal times you notice how many people are actually here; in the living room you have to fight for a seat if you want to enjoy your coffee. The noise level is also correspondingly high, French and Italian mix in my ears, plus ...