— You said that your father is a geologist. Does it look like a polar explorer profession?—
Of course. It seems that you are tearing yourself away from home: this is not work in the city, where you sit in the office, you are always in nature, plowing the vastness of the oceans, and my father plowed the vast taiga of our vast homeland.— Can you compare a polar explorer with an astronaut?—
Yes, they are often compared to astronauts.
Valery Vladimirovich Lukin, who for many years headed the RAE (Russian Antarctic Expedition), even said that there is a difference between us and astronauts: if people were brought to Vostok station for the season, then when it is polar night, people cannot be taken from there.
If there is some kind of force majeure at the space station and a person needs an urgent operation, otherwise he will die, then, I think, they can organize it, urgently take him out of the space station and operate on Earth. And in Vostok it is impossible. It is simply impossible to get there during the polar night: no aviation, nothing. And almost four and a half kilometers in height. When you sit in Vostok, you see the stars above your head and understand that you are almost four and a half kilometers closer to these stars.— You probably need to be very healthy and strong in spirit?
— Yes, you need to be psychologically stress-resistant, non-conflict, calm. You need to be able to deal with separation from loved ones and not be nervous, concentrate on work.