Cyprien Verseux, an astrobiologist currently on a mission at a station in Antarctica has published a series of unusual photos on Twitter. They show what happens when you try to have breakfast or lunch outside at -60 ° C.
Is it getting too cold outside? Is it already time to get out the down jacket and scarf to protect yourself from the cold temperatures? If so we strongly advise against setting foot in Antarctica! The icy continent is already known to be one of the most inhospitable environments on the planet, and a scientist currently there on a mission has just confirmed this with an unusual testimony.
Cyprien Verseux is an astrobiologist currently at the Concordia Research Station where he arrived January 2018 on a one-year mission named DC14. He has not hesitated to share his experiences of this expedition with internet users. On Twitter, Cyprien Verseux regularly gives an overview of his daily life and the work being done by his team. And his latest tweets are definitely worth seeing!
For several days the scientist has been having fun showing what happens to his food when exposed to the icy conditions of Antarctica. From a dish of frozen spaghetti to a spoon of frozen honey or frozen scrambled eggs, his snaps have definitely been impressive! ‘Temperatures have risen above -70 ° C, but it's still a bit too chilly to eat outside,’ commented Cyprien Verseux, who also recounts his adventures on his blog.
The most isolated station in the world
The Concordia station is considered the most isolated place in the world. However, it offers conditions of considerable interest to scientists. This is why different research projects are carried out there, for example, to better know what the climate of our Earth was in the past or what it will be in the future, as explained in an article written by the astrobiologist become glaciologist for the DC14 mission.
This is not Cyprien Verseux's first adventure in isolation. In 2015 he participated in a NASA mission which locked six volunteers up for a year in a small dome in Hawaii. This operation was recreated several times in order to simulate life on Mars and prepare for the first manned mission to the red planet.