Dr. Nadja Albertsen 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. This is a summary of her original blog post written in Danish.
Concordia under aurora. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA
Winter is coming. The number of people at Concordia is down to 34, which makes it seem a bit empty and quiet. The temperature has been more or less constant around –45°C to –58°C last week. Recent months have brought new acquaintances and friends, and it has been an absolute pleasure. Meeting these people is another advantage on the now very long -list of amazing opportunities that come with this job. I still pinch myself daily, for being so lucky and privileged.
Some of the researchers held presentations on their research. We have had talks about the micrometeorite project, about space weather (which I hope to write more about later, when we start to see the night sky), exoplanets, deposits in the ice from prehistoric volcanic eruptions, and clouds. They are very kind to take the time to convey their work, so I decided ...