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Happy Easter from Antarctica

10 Apr 2012, 07:34 UTC
Happy Easter from Antarctica
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Our team celebrated our Easter weekend here in Antarctica. Everyone helped out. Giorgio, our chef, impressed us all again and made us each a large chocolate Easter egg.
Credits: A. Kumar
We had a picnic outside the main Concordia base building, in the EPICA workshop. EPICA stands for the European Project for Ice Coring in Antarctica. It was a multinational European project for deep ice core drilling in Antarctica. It achieved its main objective to obtain full documentation of the climatic and atmospheric record held in Antarctic ice. Evaluation of these records provided 800,000 years of climate history. EPICA is an example of the many ground-breaking international research projects led by the French Polar Institute and Italian Antarctica Programme that are conducted here at Concordia Station.
All the time, we live, breathe and stand on 3233 metres of world history held in the ice below our feet. The group stands here together alone. We have become a team and it feels good.
Over the past week Barbara, the Station’s nurse, and myself had devoted our full time and attention towards screening crewmember’s health. As part of a European Space Agency ‘Long Term Medical Study’ we spent the week testing blood, ...

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