Russian scientists plan to drill into i before the end of the Arctic summer. Attempts have been made several times and the bit itself lies within 100m of the lake threshold already. But contamination fears have always stopped progress at this point. Now a new technique has been established that should qualm those fears.
From the article:
"Once the lake is reached, the water pressure will push the working body and the drilling fluid upwards in the borehole, and then freeze again." The next season, the team will bore into that frozen water to recover a sample whose contents can then be analysed.
One of the biggest reasons that Scientists argue the importance of obtaining samples from this source is due to its similarity of conditions on the moons Europa (Jupiter) and Enceladus (Saturn). They'd use data obtained from these samples to argue further towards the theory of extraterrestrial life. However didn't we establish that already, see below?
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Source -> http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2011-01/07/russians-penetrate-lake-vostok