A Lunar Colony @ 79°46’S 82°52’W Christopher Michel

Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions (ALE) base camp is located on Union Glacier (UG) in the Southern Ellsworth Range. It’s the ultimate place to get away from it all—your nearest neighbors are at the South Pole, more than 600 miles away. 

I took this photo from the summit of nearby Brants-Hoeschen plateau. Antarctica is 1.4 times bigger than the United States and has a population of slightly more than 4,000 people in the heart of summer. That number drops to about a thousand in the cold-dark, Antarctic winter. 

Base stations are completely reliant on support from green Earth to the North. Our remote outpost reminded me of old popular science illustrations of future moon stations.

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