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A privilege to live in the coldest most remote place on the face of the Earth

16 Nov 2012, 15:28 UTC
A privilege to live in the coldest most remote place on the face of the Earth
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ESA-sponsored medical research doctor Alex Salam spent 13 months at Concordia in 2009.This is part one of his memories. I was privileged enough to spend over a year at Concordia station in 2009. Many people might find the use of … Continue reading →

Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA - A. Salam
ESA-sponsored medical research doctor Alex Salam spent 13 months at Concordia in 2009.This is part one of his memories.
I was privileged enough to spend over a year at Concordia station in 2009. Many people might find the use of the word “privilege” in this context strange - a context that included three months of complete darkness, life with only 11 other souls, temperatures below -80C, no possibility of evacuation or deliveries for nine months and no access to the internet (internet access has only become easily available on Concordia this year).
There are however very few words other than privilege to describe how I felt whenever I stepped outside and repeatedly realised that that I was experiencing the closest thing there is to living on another planet.
The opportunity to spend a year of my life at Concordia presented itself as a perfect mix of circumstances. I had been working ...

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