Vernadsky, which used to be the British Faraday Station, has some measure of fame as being one of the two stations that was involved with the discovery of the ozone hole over the Antarctic. It's also a "year-round" station, keeping 11 people at the station even through the harsh Antarctic winter, whereas many of the other Antarctic stations are only staffed for the summer.
Vernadsky prides itself on having the best bar in Antarctica! Our guide, Nikolo, told us that they've had 1200 visitors over the course of the last year.
Our friendly bartender served us wine and red caviar. It was delicious!
From the left: Dr.
Louis Friedman, Adriana Ocampo, Slavik, myself, (seated) Larry Lanpher,
Nikolo, and another member of our Planetary Society group. Slavik
and Nikolo are two of the Ukrainians stationed at Vernadsky. Slavik,
from Odessa, is a meteorologist, and Nikolo is one of the scientists that
watches the ozone levels, when he's not acting as a tour guide!
Yup, they're Ukrainian alright!
a kick out of the pictures on the wall in the station. So what do
11 men isolated in a lonely base down at the edge of the world crave?
Well, women, yes, but look what gets top billing? Fresh vegetables!
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