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Why go to Antarctica?

7 Dec 2016, 10:08 UTC
Why go to Antarctica? ESA/IPEV/PNRA–B. Healey
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Introducing the new ESA-sponsored medical doctor in Concordia research station: Carole Dangoisse with her first blog entry. Are you a medical doctor or know someone who is? ESA is looking for a recruit for next year.
Over the past few months many people have been intrigued by my decision to come to Antarctica for a whole year and have asked what my motivations were. The project does seems quite different from my work as a doctor specialised in critical care. The question is of course very valid, and I thought it would be helpful for myself to set out what my expectations of the coming year are.
White mars. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA–B. Healey
I was initially drawn in to the job by the fact that I would be working for the European Space Agency (ESA). I will be making my personal little contribution to future long-term space missions by carrying out research projects at Concordia, a space analogue also called “the White Mars”. As all my relatives and close friends know, I have nurtured the dream of one day becoming an astronaut for as long as I remember! I am also a keen trekker, have travelled all over the world and ...

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