Alexander Kumar (OS 2001) is currently stationed in Antarctica where he is running physiological and psychological research projects on behalf of the European Space Agency’s human spaceflight and exploration programme.
Alexander, along with 12 other Europeans, will spend a year at their new home at the Concordia Research Station, 3233 metres above sea level on the Antarctic Plateau.
The station is located 1100km inland from the French research station at Durmont D’Urville and is 1670km from the geographic south pole and 560km from Russia’s Vostok station.
Temperatures reach as low as minus 80 degrees celsius, and with four months of 24 hour complete darkness the residents are completely isolated.
You can follow Alexander’s unique and life-changing experience by reading his blog at http://www.alexanderkumar.com/blog/, and you can look out for an interview with him in the forthcoming issue of Old Stops’ Review.