Having spent months dreaming about this moment, this morning I woke up early and climbed outside onto the roof, alone. Remnants of the flags placed on the roof last summer fluttered back and forth, having been chewed away by the biting Antarctic winds.

Over the Great White Silence, the most magnificent sunrise unfolded before me over the cold, white and desolate alien landscape. My eyes ached in response to readjusting to the natural bright light – we have just spent over three months living in the long dark eternal polar night.

[button link=”http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19255320″ color=”silver” window=”yes”]Visit the BBC website to read the rest of this article[/button]