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The crew, after two months in the dome (a month and a half ago).
There is a widespread belief that you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. Of course things are not that simple but, in this dome, I like to think that there is some truth to it. My 5 crewmates, with whom I basically spend all my time, are:
Christiane Heinicke. Her call sign is ‘Cookies’ because… well… she loves cookies. She is, as Sheyna once called her, a “cookie-powered science machine”. She spends most of her days working in front of her computer, wrapped in a warm blanket like in a cocoon and munching on cookies (in spite of which she’s skinny, which makes her very unpopular among dieting women). But as vulnerable and cold-sensitive as she may look in her cozy nest, I know how tough she is. She has been working on isolated glaciers in Sweden and in temperatures below 40°C in Alaska, served as a mountain guide, and enjoys camping alone in the Finnish winter. I have seen her exhausted on a mountain peak, in ...