Aurora lights the sky over Antarctica research station


The aurora australis sets the sky ablaze over Concordia research station in Antarctica.
ESA/IPEV/PNRA–B. HEALEY

Concordia station in Antarctica is one of the most remote places on Earth to live, but that is what makes it so attractive to the 13 scientists who work there.

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.

  1. http://blogs.esa.int/concordia
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