This is what happens if you try to cook outside in the Antarctic. 7, er, very cool pics

Cyprien Verseux has one of the coolest jobs in the world – literally – as he lives and works in temperatures below -70°C. The French astrobiologist and glaciologist – expert on life on different planets and on the formation and behaviour of glaciers – is one of the scientists currently stationed at Concordia Station, a research base in the remotest part of Antarctica.

He spends a lot of time like this.

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It was in this setting that he decided to demonstrate what happens when you try to cook in such extreme cold. This is what happened.

Spaghetti – not like Mamma used to make


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A little breakfast honey …


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…or Nutella


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Scrambled eggs – or frigid eggs


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Grilled cheese


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It’s not all bad news at mealtimes, however.

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As amusing as it is to see these startling effects, it’s a stark lesson in the severity of the conditions around the station. Cyprien and his 12 fellow scientists spend months without seeing daylight, and living off frozen food – which seems inevitable. Their studies will be used to inform planning for future explorations of the Moon and Mars.


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We think it’s highly unlikely we’ll ever see a Martian series of Jamie’s 15-minute Meals, which is probably a good thing.

Photo credits to Cyprien Verseux, Carmen Possnig and Marco Buttu.

H/T boredpanda.com