Tuesday, 27 September 2011


For the photos posted below. In order.

Me. ESA research MD and leader of the rescue team.
Training with the rescue team. A,B,C,D out here is more along the
lines of:- Airway (+/- C-spine) , Bleeding, get out of the Cold, Do
everything else once we?re all safely inside.
Analysing the quality of ESA?s recycled water system
Setting up an EEG cap during an ESA experiment
Outside, a bit askew after work on the American Tower
Rescue exercise in -75 degrees, simulated fall from height
Sampling the recycling system

Angelo. Meteo scientist and GPS mapping specialist.
Outside the Caro scientific shelter which he has to dig out after
every storm too.
Inside Caro, solving communication problems between the base and the shelter
Preparing a radiosonde ? a GPS locator, temperature and humidity
sensor which gets attached to a balloon and flown up to 15km high,
measuring temperature, humidity, and windspeed all the way up
Launching a helium balloon with radiosonde attached
Cleaning snow off a radiation sensor

Alessandro. Electrotechnician.
Doing some woodworking in the workshop
Waving in one of the last Baslers of the 2010/2011 summer campaign
Installation work on one of our three main engines
Roped access work during the transfer of a year?s food into storage
inside the base through a hatch on the middle level

Ilann. Chemistry student.
Repairing an anemometer (wind speed)
Cleaning all the meteorological instruments on the American Tower
On the American Tower
Collecting snow samples
Analysing the samples back in the base

David. Mechanic.
How much water do 14 people consume in 9 months? ? the size of the
hole the chargeuse is in gives some idea
Dumping snow into the fondoir
David inside the Chargeuse
Practising techniques as part of the rescue team
In the workshop

Djamel. Astronomer.
Inside the dome that protects the ASTEP ( Antarctic search for
Extraterrestrial planets) telescope
Outside it
Monitoring results back at the base ? they have several candidate
stars which now only need replication by another telescope for
The cylindrical hut serving Astroconcordia, the site where all the
French astronomical instruments have been installed

Pascal. Electronic and instrument engineer with CNRS.
Seismological gear
Walking to one of the many scientific shelters around Concordia
Measuring the local magnetic field. Please don?t ask me how.
The Fisica shelter, new, and will never need dug out!
Looking at ozone data.

Fred. Chief engineer/technical manager.
Maintaining one of the three marine engines that are our main power supply
Testing the failover to an emergency engine
Refuelling a Basler (DC3)
Running our emergency generator
The BTDC office (Bureau Technical Dome C)

Andrea Ballarini (?Balla?). Our chef.
The huge Easter egg he made ? it lasted weeks and weeks
Ice cream maestro
At work in the kitchen
Bringing in some chicken from the freezer (i.e. a container outside)
Refilling air tanks during a fire exercise

Andrea Cesana (?Doc?). Station doctor.
In the Brain shelter downloading cosmological data
In the operating room
Getting ready to go outside last summer
During a medical exercise ? mock appendicectomy
Keeping radio watch

Eric. Astronomer.
On one of the telescope platforms at Astroconcordia
By the telescope on the platform
Inside the Astroconcordia shelter
Two more telescopes nearby

Paolo. IT/communications specialist.
Working on the parabolic antenna, that hopefully soon will give us
continuous internet access via satellite
Trying to pick up a wifi signal serving a remote sensor
Conducting a teleconference
On a digging team for a remote seismic sensor. Tea break is tea break,
even in Antarctica
In the radio room

Vivien. Plumbing and heating specialist.
Monitoring the temperature though the base
Working on the Grey Water Treatment Unit
Emptying the large exterior water tank
Outside centrale
Part of the aircraft refuelling team
First surgical assistant, his role in case of a surgical emergency

Domenico. Cosmologist.
Starting up IRAIT, a large telescope, for the first time during a winter.
Outside the base
In a heated tent out by the Italian astronomical experiments ? heated
to -20 degrees.
Taking daily snow samples for some glaciology experiments, noon,
around midwinter
Operating a hygrometer, ground work for plans to install a large
telescope in the future

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