11 July, 2016 News stories

The Farnborough International Air Show is the next stop for a touring exhibition which highlights what space missions can learn about the isolation that confronts people who work in Antarctica. White Space: The Art of Isolation is a collaboration between British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and the European Space Agency (ESA).

The exhibition includes a new narrative “Step to the stars – our future in Space starts on Earth” devised by medical doctor, Beth Healey. Beth spent more than a year at the Concordia Research Station in Antarctica.  Her mission: to conduct experiments for ESA on the international crew, preparing for future space missions.

Concordia is a place of extremes where temperatures can drop as low as -80C and where there is no sunlight during the dark days of winter. Beth studied the effects of working in such a hostile environment on the crew members. A medical doctor at BAS’ Halley VI Research Station carried out similar experiments on the wintering staff there.

You can find out more about the “Step to the stars” narrative here

The Farnborough Air Show runs from the 11th to 17th July.