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Why go?

5 Nov 2013, 15:13 UTC
Why go?
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ESA's next medical doctor to visit Concordia Adrianos Golemis explains why he is prepared to leave civilisation behind for a year.
Morale: Low
Concordia Station at Dome C appears tiny in the Antarctic desolation. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA-A. Salam
I was always fascinated by Antarctica, the exotic piece of land covered by ever-lasting ice. One of my early recollections of Antarctica was when I read a small Greek book called “The World’s Encyclopaedia” that my parents bought me when I was eight years old to quieten my ever-growing (and maybe, at times, annoying!) curiosity. I discovered some bizarre facts that govern the Seventh Continent. “Antarctica is so cold and desolate that only a few scientists abide there, in special shelters, for scientific purposes”. That sentence surprise me – little did I know that around 18 years later I would be chosen to join this strange band of people.
I heard about the Medical Research post at the European station of Concordia for the first time when I was 23. Being excited about human spaceflight since my early childhood, I had subscribed to the European Space Agency’s mailing list after Greece joined ESA in 2005. One morning, as I was checking my ...

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