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Part 5. Dark Mars (continued)

26 Jul 2016, 13:22 UTC
Part 5. Dark Mars (continued)
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Gym running. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA-B. Healey
To get out of my dark mood of semi-hibernation I tried to motivate myself to go to the gym. In the end my trainers did not leave my bedroom nearly as often as I had hoped but whenever I went I always felt energised. It was great to listen to cheesy music at full volume and run at full pelt. Going with a friend also made it a social occasion. But the workouts could be quite tough as I was still saturating only 90% oxygen in the thin air.
We could walk out the door just after lunch, look up and see the Milky Way hovering above us.

Without doubt my favourite thing about the winter stay was seeing the night sky. It was almost invariably crystal clear. I could not believe there could be so many stars in a sky – they were so crowded together it looked like they were fighting for space. The experience was made still more unusual as this spectacle was visible all around the clock. We could walk out the door just after lunch, look up and see the Milky Way hovering above us.
Concordia is a very ...

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