Breaking the Spell of Life in AntarcticaBy Michael Frank on November 27th, 2012
If you haven’t been reading Alexander Kumar’s posts from the bottom of the planet in the New York Times, trust us, they’re fascinating, awesome, and mind-stretching journeys into what it’s like to live in a virtual space capsule with only your “ship” mates to keep you warm. Kumar’s been posted up at Concordia Station where he’s been both lab rat and scientist studying what happens in isolation for the European Space Agency. This latest post is about seeing other humans again for the first time as they arrived to take the baton from Kumar and his ship mates as they prepare to leave for the bluer, warmer world. The tinge of melancholy and wonder are both palpable; what you’d encounter as an explorer not just to Antarctica but to Mars…and then an earthling once again…is all on the surface of Kumar’s dispatches. Via NYT.
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