The days quickly got shorter and shorter. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA–B. Healey
When winter comes to Concordia you’d better be prepared. Before us were nine months of complete isolation, four of these in constant darkness as the sun would never rise above the horizon.
This was the last sunset – or sunrise – we would see in four months’ time.
It was a busy time for me in the lab since the last plane had left. All of the ESA experimental equipment had arrived so I had to set up the experiments and start the protocols. My best way of dealing with the suspenseful waiting for winter was to focus on my work. The days quickly got shorter and shorter, the light itself was failing as the sun was slipping away. The scenic beauty of the landscape around the station faded as the season steadily and inexorably turned from intimidating to deadly. More and more I actually wanted winter to start. The sooner it starts, the sooner it finishes.
And soon enough we looked out of the window towards that last sliver of sun on the horizon, knowing that this was the last sunset – or sunrise – we would see ...