Dr. Carmen Possnig is the ESA-sponsored medical doctor spending 12 months at Concordia research station in Antarctica. She facilitates a number of experiments on the effects of isolation, light deprivation, and extreme temperatures on the human body and mind. In the following post, Carmen talks about the arrival to the station.
We meet our Italian colleagues in Christchurch, New Zealand. At a pleasant 18°C we go to the International Antarctic Center for safety and survival training before our next flight into the cold.
They put us in front of a crate with the emergency equipment. A safety guy tells us what to do if we land or crash somewhere in the snow:
-What do I always have to carry with me so I don’t get cold? (a return ticket to New Zealand?)
-How do I build an igloo? (he shows us his favourite shovel)
-What do I use to make food? (Snow. Primarily snow. And fuel from the plane. Or something.)
-How do I pull the others out of the crevasses? (with your hands! Among other things.)
The next flight goes to Mario Zucchelli, the Italian summer station on the coast, overlooking Mount Melbourne, in Terra Nova Bay. A robust ...