Pleiades satellite image of Prud'homme station. Credits: Pléiades–CNES 2016, Distribution Airbus DS
Didier Schmitt is a member of the space Task Force at the European External Action Service. He is a regular opinion writer in major newspapers and magazines and has published a book on foresight. He will be contributing to this blog during his visit to Concordia – we join him at Concordia:
The station leader appreciated the high-resolution poster that I brought of Concordia's surroundings seen from space. As the station grows he will use a digital version to improve some logistics on the base; the area used for scientific research already covers now 3 km x 3.5 km.
Carole and Didier in front of Concordia base. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA
Inside the base, the medical biology laboratory is headed by Carole Dangoisse, the ESA doctor who will perform experiments on the winter crew –Concordia is a perfect analogue to a base on another planet. The energy system in the building provides air and water heating with a clever heat-exchanging system to improve efficiency. It is based on the same caterpillar engines the Raid tractors use for easy spare parts.
The ice cap is an average of 2 km above ...