The Frozen Sigma

The Frozen Sigma

frozen_sigmaMy 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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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