Cette fois nous sommes seuls ! L’Astrolabe a terminé sa dernière rotation pour retourner à Hobart, nous laissant prisonniers de l’Antarctique, en autonomie pour 8 mois d’hiver austral.

La banquise ayant fortement “débâclé”, le bateau a pu s’approcher à seulement 3km de la base. C’est l’occasion pour nous de faire une balade au bord de mer, proche du bateau, pour dire un dernier au revoir à tout l’équipage.

Astronomy in the long dark by ESA_events
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Living on Concordia research base in Antarctica is full of hardship but scenes like this make it all worthwhile. The wooden constructions in the photo are observatory platforms for astronomers. At 3200 m above sea level, the base receives no sunlight for four months during the winter period and temperatures can drop to –80°C. This makes it an ideal place to study stars and planets, if you are willing to brave the cold. ESA-sponsored medical research doctor Alex Salam describes the experience: “despite the effects the darkness can have on sleep, mood and cognitive performance, there is something inherently special about the Antarctic night. The heavens present a view that many stargazers can only ever dream of.” For more read the Concordia blog at : blogs.esa.int/concordia/ Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA - A. Salam

ESA at the end of the world 🌏: Concordia research station in Antarctica is located on a plateau 3200m above sea level. 🏊Temperatures drop to -80C in winter and the yearly average is of -50C! ⛄️❄️ The Sun does not rise above the horizon in winter and does not set in summer. 🌅Sounds like almost alien conditions, right? 👽 Add to the fact that it sits on the largest desert in the world… It doesn’t feel like home at all! 😱🏠 Despite all this, up to 16 people spend around a year at a time living in Concordia to collect data and experiment in a way that is impossible anywhere else on Earth. 🔭👽 It is so unlike anything found elsewhere that ESA participates in the research of future missions to other planets by using the base as a model for extraterrestrial planets. 🔭🚀👽 Credit: ESA/IPEV/PNRA - A. Kumar, A. Salam, B. Healey #concordia #extremeconditions #cold #nosun #longwinter #winteriscoming #research #alien #strange #beauty #nature #desert #antarctica #isolation #awesomeness #instacool #crew by europeanspaceagency http://ift.tt/1euC3Mf

Exercice “rescue”

Comme chaque année avant l'hiver, une équipe de secourisme sur banquise est formée, sur la base du volontariat, avec pour objectif de donner les premiers soins et de rapatrier vers l’hôpital les victimes, en cas d'accident. Pour nous entraîner, notre médecin a préparé un scénario, avec l'aide de Xavier notre acteur victime d'une chute dans les rochers.

Le premier objectif est la recherche de la victime à l'aide de GPS et de goniométrie, puis de l’immobiliser comme ici à l'aide d'un K.E.D et finalement le transporter sur un  brancard jusqu’à l’hôpital de la base. Le médecin forme également une équipe chirurgie, une équipe anesthésie (dont je fais parti), et une équipe médicale, en cas d’hospitalisation.

Photos Corentin Quedec

Nope, this is not #theflash sprinting through 🏃 - This modified container in #Antarctica is part of the Franco–Italian #Concordia research station 🇫🇷🇮🇹 and is used to store snow samples ❄️ –and with temperatures regularly below –70°C no extra refrigeration is required. ⛄️⛄️The environment around the mountain plateau does not get much more alien than this! 👽👽🔭🔬The trail of light is from the headlamp of Giampietro, a glaciology researcher, as he walked to the container. It is visible because the camera was set to a long-exposure. 📷🕟 Credit: ESA/IPEV/PNRA–B. Healey #science #concordia #cold #photography #exposure #research #instamoment #region #glaciology #photooftheday #esa by europeanspaceagency http://ift.tt/1GDAxxP