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Journey to the end of the world

14 Feb 2020, 14:18 UTC
Journey to the end of the world
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Dr. Stijn Thoolen is the ESA-sponsored medical doctor spending 12 months at Concordia research station in Antarctica. He facilitates a number of experiments on the effects of isolation, light deprivation, and extreme temperatures on the human body and mind. Find this blog post in the original Dutch below.

The end of our world is full of surprises…

November 13, 2019, East-Antarctic
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My arm is tired of wiping the freshly formed ice from my airplane window every two minutes, but I am too excited to stop. I almost can’t believe it. Everywhere I look is ice. We have been flying over this ice sheet at 5000 meters altitude for about three hours now, with nothing at all on the horizon. Absolutely nothing. And even the horizon seems to disappear at times, thanks to the surrealistic way in which the ever-present sunlight blends the white clouds and the ice together into an endless, motionless ocean of ice that almost makes us disappear as well. I am wondering if the pilots have a better idea of where we are, when suddenly two familiar towers appear in the distance. Concordia! My new home! And if I had any expectations from all the ...

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