Alone in Antarctica: Scientist recounts life on our most isolated continent
Antarctica is the most inhospitable continent on the planet. For six months of the year, the sun doesn't rise. Its icy plains exist in total darkness. Temperatures are an average of -80 degrees Celsius. Naturally, no humans live there permanently. But a few adventurous souls do journey there for months at a time. One of them is Cyprien Verseux, a scientist and astrobiologist who spent nine months at a research lab on our southernmost continent last year. He's now written a book about his experience, entitled "An Antarctic Winter". He spoke to FRANCE 24's Nadia Massih.