ESA-sponsored medical doctor at Concordia, Adrianos Golemis, sent his blog entry written weeks before the start of his Concordia adventure:
Time: L-60 (September 2013)
It is September, the beginning of Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere, Spring in the South. I was starting to think more globally since I had decided that I would join the Concordia winterover expedition.
Ten days of vacation with Judith in the Greek island of Santorini were really refreshing and helped shape my decision. In the summer sun, surrounded by nice people, fearfull thoughts are far away!
After graduating from the International Space University in Strasbourg at the end of August, I had one week to spend with my family in Greece before I set out for China, where I I attended the International Astronautical Congress with colleagues, one of the greatest annual events for the space community. This year, the hosts were Beijing.
Dumont d'Urville. Credits: IPEV-B. Leroy
That same week was all the time I had to pack my belongings for one year! So with my parents’ help I dedicated most of the time to preparations. When you travel to Concordia, the luggage you can take is limited, as when you travel ...