We've packed our station full of stimulating areas for recreation and relaxation. We've got a hydrotherapy bath, a sauna, a gym, a music room, areas for arts and crafts, a pool, andthe best of the lotwe've got a double-height climbing wall. In the central module, we've got a hydroponics greenhouse, where you can grow fruit and vegetables in nutrient-enriched water. And on the upper deck, we've got big bubble roofs. In the summer you can see the snowscape stretching all around you, and in the winter you can watch the displays of the aurora, which are absolutely fantastic at this site.
It sounds a little like building a space station.
You'd be surprised how many analogies there are to some of these sci-fi movies and shows. One of our colleagues from Colorado Springs, who having worked in Antarctica for 25 years is now working at one of NASA's research stations, says that designing in Antarctica is as close as one gets on Earth to designing in space. You're so remote, and the conditions are so extreme, that it really is a short step, other than the gravity and the oxygen.