For nine months, no aircraft or land vehicles can reach the station, temperatures drop to –80°C and the Sun does not rise above the horizon for 100 days.
Living and working in these conditions is similar in many respects to living on another planet and European Space Agency sponsors a medical doctor to run research for future space missions.
You can read about the crew’s life at the research station at the Concordia blog.
Bill Condie is a science journalist based in Adelaide, Australia.
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