At the very southernmost point of Earth is Concordia Station, a joint French-Italian inland Antarctic research station with isolation, long stretches of darkness, and low oxygen levels that allow research into the adaptation of human psychology and physiology. Despite all this, it is beautiful.

This photo was taken by Doctor Beth Healey, a European Space Agency-sponsored medical doctor at Concordia. Her Twitter account is a veritable treasure trove of these kinds of gorgeous images, so definitely follow her for more.

Top image: ESA/IPEV/PNRA–B. Healey


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