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Penguins from space

17 Apr 2012, 09:44 UTC
Penguins from space
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Since arriving in Antarctica, I want to ask ESA astronaut and fellow doctor André Kuipers to wave to us as he flies by on board the International Space Station and ask him what he sees. I wonder if he has … Continue reading →

Credits: A. Kumar
Since arriving in Antarctica, I want to ask ESA astronaut and fellow doctor André Kuipers to wave to us as he flies by on board the International Space Station and ask him what he sees. I wonder if he has seen Emporer Penguins who are our companions here.
I arrived in Antarctica by ship and flew over the continent by air between the Dumont d’Urville, Mario Zucherelli and McMurdo stations. It was an incredible experience observing the continent from the air.
André must see a big white sheet from space – a blank canvas left by whoever or whatever created our planet. This is Antarctica, so different from any other continent. Deceptively blank, Antarctica has revealed many scientific secrets and captured the imagination of explorers and scientists. It was once covered by forest but now is an ice-cube floating on Earth’s magma.
Adelie penguins on the way to Concordia
Over my morning coffee ...

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