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 walks us through a day in the life of Concordia.
The living room with dining table and library. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA–C. Possnig
At 12:30 the whole crew arrives for lunch in the living room. After our meal we sit comfortably together in the living room, drink espresso or tea, listen to music or read books or comics. The Italians are enthusiastic table football players, and our doctor likes to play an Italian game called Bolcetta with the technical boss at the billiard table, which we have now transformed into a games room for the winter.
On the sofa, in the living room. IPEV/PNRA–M. Buttu
The afternoons are different. Sometimes we go back to the lab and continue working. Sometimes I walk past the technical office and the workshop into the adjacent containers, where the technical headquarters with the three generators and the Grey Water Recycling Unit (GWTU) are located.
Florentin, our plumber, and I in front of ...