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Settling in at Dumont d’Urville

30 Jan 2017, 15:49 UTC
Settling in at Dumont d’Urville
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Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA–D. Schmitt
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 as he has returned to the coastal station Dumont d'Urville:
At lunch and dinner breaks colleagues want to know how it was on the Raid and at Concordia. It is difficult to translate such an adventure into words. Only one or two rookies can do a Raid each year. I am still astonished to have been able to achieve this.

Sea ice coring. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA–D. Schmitt
The Astrolabe ship has arrived, although not at shore as it would normally at this time of year. It is stuck 80 km from shore anchored to sea-ice so helicopters can land safely. The ballet has started; one take-off and landing every hour for each of the two choppers. First the passengers, then cargo: one tonne per rotation. The ice has been tested in-between Dumont d’Urville and the ship using a helicopter that drops a person with drilling hardware ...

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