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Episode Three – The Moon Episode

On the third episode of the IcePod, the official podcast for the Year of Polar Prediction, we talk to Stefan Hendricks, who joined the first Leg of MOSAiC and worked along the Remote Sensing team on board Polarstern.

Here’s the Moon Episode of the IcePod! For our Third Episode, we met with Stefan Hendricks, who is a sea ice physicist at the Alfred Wegener Institute and joined MOSAiC Leg 1 on board Polarstern with the Remote Sensing Team. Not only we talked with Stefan about the Moon – the Earth satellite, which had quite some impact on Leg 1 sea ice conditions – but also about Saturn’s Moon (as you will hear, Stefan knows a bunch of fun facts also about other moons), the freeboard, the weight watchers club on Polarstern and about his favourite satellites.

Remote sensing is like looking at the Earth through binoculars; and with the new techniques, applied by Stefan and his colleagues during MOSAiC, you can learn lots of things about sea ice. After some hard work, Remote Sensing City was eventually built along with the other cities on the ice. What happens when lunar and solar tides are teaming up, and why Stefan prefers doing science rather than eating cake. Apparently, no one sleepwalked during polar night while the Moon was shining brightly and gave a spectacular light for Stefan’s photos. Check out our Instagram account @polarprediction to see his pictures!

Find the new and all previous IcePod episodes e.g. on Spotify, Apple Podcast, Castbox or on our website

If you miss the music, find the very special Moon playlist on Spotify.

If you want to listen to the full episode with music, check back with us

Editorial responsibility: Kirstin Werner and Sara Pasqualetto

Music from

“Sweeter Vermouth” by Kevin MacLeod (

Licence: CC BY (

Photo credit: Mario Hoppmann

Published by The IcePod

The IcePod is the podcast about polar science and the people. We talk to scientists who went onboard Polarstern, the German research icebreaker, for the biggest expedition in the Arctic

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