As yet, no human knows what it’s like to live on Mars, but Beth Healey is one of a handful who has a pretty good idea. As a research doctor with the European Space Agency, Beth has just returned from spending a year at their Concordia base in Antarctica – also known as ‘White Mars’.
Beth’s most recent role was with the European Space Agency (ESA) as a Research MD, Concordia Station, Antartica. During her year-long mission at Spaceflight Analogue Concordia ‘White Mars’, she was responsible for coordinating and implementing seven research protocols. These were selected by the ESA in order to investigate the effects of this extreme environment on the physiology and psychology of the crew. Beth led the medical rescue team and worked alongside the base doctor in case of emergency.
Beth is a UK trained doctor. She is also a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Beth has an interest in polar environments and has worked as part of logistical and medical support teams for expeditions and endurance races in Svalbard, Greenland, Siberia and at the North Pole. As part of her medical elective she worked in a remote Inuit Hospital in NE Greenland (see World Extreme Medicine Blog for more info). In her spare time, she enjoys skiing, cycling, running, photography and is an aspiring mountaineer. Beth is a patron of Extreme Medicine.
You can read a fascinating insight into the ESA team’s work and experiences via their blog http://blogs.esa.int/concordia/ or follow Beth on the Twitter link below.