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Settling in… to -80 degrees centigrade

23 Mar 2012, 15:31 UTC
Settling in… to -80 degrees centigrade
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My name is Alexander Kumar and I am a doctor and explorer. I applied to be ESA’s research physician at the Concordia base station in the Antarctic and I was chosen for the job. My mission My mission during the … Continue reading →

Credits: A. Kumar
My name is Alexander Kumar and I am a doctor and explorer. I applied to be ESA’s research physician at the Concordia base station in the Antarctic and I was chosen for the job.
My mission
My mission during the next 8 months: to survive the permanent darkness of the winter with temperatures below 80 degrees centigrade while performing research for the European Space Agency. Of course I am not alone in my endeavours, there are 13 of us at the Concordia base. I am the only British member of the European crew.

What is Concordia
The Concordia base is an architectural delight, consisting of two upright cylinders connected by a walkway and a few separate structures used for experiments and keeping the station operational. The buildings are cylindrical – to mimic the shape as if they were transported here within a space rocket.
Credits: A. Kumar
Where is Concordia
The base is ...

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