Interview with a Mars-Astronaut in Antarctica

Mars on Antarctica

Mars is still on Antarctica

BBC Future hat ein superinteressantes Interview mit Dr. Alexander Kumar, der seit Februar in einer Station in der Arktis eingeschlossen ist und dort die Isolations-Bedingungen untersucht, die auch während kommenden Mars-Missionen auftreten werden.

Dr Alexander KumarLiving here is the closest anyone can come to living on the surface of another planet. I have also coined the term Planet Concordia to describe this feeling. Despite significant differences in surface gravity and atmospheric pressure between Antarctica and the Polar Regions on Mars, the average Martian surface temperature is -55C (-67F), similar to our extreme cold temperatures at Concordia.

Our crew has been completely isolated since February. We are more isolated from civilization than the astronauts living onboard the International Space Station. It is impossible for us to leave the base until mid-November.

Alongside studying and reacting to changes in crew dynamics, we have to deal with any day to day challenges involving life-support-system maintenance and equipment failure and breakdown. We have to be completely self-sufficient. All our food is canned, tinned, dried and prepackaged - there is no method of delivery here during winter. We are alone - the same as any Mars Mission would be.

Antarctica to Mars: The loneliest job in the world

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