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.
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
A little breakfast honey …
Scrambled eggs – or frigid eggs
It’s not all bad news at mealtimes, however.
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.
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.