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Preparing for the traverse

21 Dec 2015, 16:29 UTC
Preparing for the traverse
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Beth Healey enjoying the Sun on the coast. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA-B. Healey
ESA sponsored medical doctor Beth Healey has just left Concordia research station after a year, only to start preparing to return!
I climbed into the small Twin Otter plane, and watched Concordia fade into the distance as we gained height and headed towards the coast. It was a strange feeling to hand over the ESA Lab and wave goodbye to what had been home now for over 12 months. I was in many ways sad to think that when I returned in a month’s time the crew, with which I had shared good memories with over the past winter would no longer be there. However I was also excited to move onto my next adventure.

As we got closer to the coast I started to make out the icebergs and the sea at the horizon. I hadn’t seen open water for over a year so this was really strange and beautiful for me. On landing I put on my Concordia ‘summer’ gear, only to find that when I jumped out of the plane I was hot! The sun was shining, I could see the sea, the ...

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