canoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2839 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (3 years 6 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1800 times:
Although this is a controversial project, there are a number of subglacial lakes that have been identified in Antarctica since Lake Vostok was discovered. It's not really unique. If I remember right, they had planned on releasing some kind of "hydrobot" to explore the lake after they reached it with the drill. I'm not sure if that's still the case.
Keep in mind this is considered by some to be a test run for exploring below the ice on Jupiter's moon Europa.
skysurfer From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 1136 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (3 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1230 times:
Unfortunately if they do breech the 'barrier' and drill through to the water they'll probably contaminate it with the drill bit or other piece of equipment. Even if it melts its way through the ice and seals itself in....we'll see. That's just my opinion, and i would love to be proven wrong and i hope that they're still taking every precaution in their 'race' for the last 50m. Let's hope they took every precaution possible, but even then......it'll be interesting to see what happens.
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