My name is Dr Alexander Kumar, and I am a 28 year old British doctor, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and member of the Explorer’s Club based in New York. I have worked and travelled in over 60 countries, and have spent a great deal of time in the Arctic and work on venomous snake research also in my spare time.
Having taken time out of Anaesthetics and Acute Care training in Oxford, I am now living for 1 year, completely isolated in the most extreme environment on Earth- Concordia Station, Antarctica.
We live at around 4000 metres equivalent altitude here and so breathe one third less oxygen pressure than is available at sea level, in London. And with winter coming shortly – we will endure 4 months of 24 hour (complete) darkness where temperatures drop to minus 80 degrees Celcius (without windchill) – the coldest on Earth. We are more isolated than the International Space Station – in a case of emergency there is no opportunity for evacuation from February to November 2012.
I am the only British member, living within a group of 12 other Europeans scientists- where we have interesting science ongoing on meteorology, astronomy, glaciology and more.
As the Research MD, I am responsible here for conducting human spaceflight research for the European Space Agency – looking at far we can push human psychology and physiology towards a manned mission to Mars. I am also the station’s doctor.
You can follow my experience and research at: www.AlexanderKumar.com