ESA-sponsored medical research doctor for Concordia, Evangelos Kaimakamis, or 'Vangelis' for short, continues his chronicles:
Last plane leaving Concordia. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA - E. Kaimakamis
The Concordia summer crew has left the base and only the 15 to stay all winter remain in the base now! About three weeks ago we saluted the last plane that took off from our ‘skiway’ leaving us alone in the middle of nowhere for the next nine months. It was like an old movie scene: the DC-3 Dakota airplane firing up its engines and moving away in the smoke, the snow lifted by its propellers. We waved goodbye with mixed emotions thinking about the long winter ahead. It was something like the closing scene from the movie Casablanca!
Raid arriving. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA - E. Kaimakamis
Before this goodbye, the last Raid Traverse came with 120 tonnes of food, fuel and equipment and it kept us busy for five days. We had to unload the Raid, organise supplies for the winter and place them in appropriate containers and refrigerators for the next ten months.
Talking to the Traverse staff, who had travelled 1100 km on the ice to reach us from the coastline, offered a different ...