Dr. Nadja Albertsen 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. This blog entry is translated from her original in Danish.
”We all wore the same socks. And, disconcertingly, in a few months our farts would smell exactly the same.”
Nicholas Johnson, Big Dead Place – Inside the strange & menacing world of Antarctica
There is now no such thing as small gifts!
Gifts are delivered to my desk, sometimes early in the morning, other times during the night, most are nicely wrapped in a small plastic bag and sometimes they come with a bonus in the form of a pair of (unused) rubber gloves.
Stool sample collection kid. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA–N. Albertsen
These aren’t gifts from a secret admirer, but stool samples: three tubes per person, myself included; three tubes each month for one year – 468 tubes in total.
I actually weighed the samples at the start of our stay and found that each sample weighs around 10 g. When the boxes of samples make their way back to Europe shortly, ...