Credits: Sylvie Malo
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 discuss life in Antarctica.
Sleepless nights, vertigo, constant headaches, persistent fatigue, shortness of breath when I climb just a few stairs (climbing stairs to lunch consumes more calories than I could take) – these are all reliable companions during the first days.
Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA–C. Possnig
The jetlag, the altitude, the cold, the low humidity and the lack of oxygen – I have to get used to all this. Some things get better over time, others stay. For example, my oxygen saturation was at 64% for the first few days, which can be compensated surprisingly well. Meanwhile it is much higher, but I still run out of air in the gym before my muscles get tired. We are here at 3233 m above sea level, but due to the height of the troposphere at the pole it feels like at 3800 m.
Concordia consists of two towers connected by a bridge. The main entrance ...