Professor Martin Siegert said the aborted mission was "hugely frustrating":
This is of course, hugely frustrating for us, but we have learned a lot this year.
Although circumstances have not worked out as we would have wished, I am confident that through the huge efforts of the field team, and our colleagues in the UK, we have done as much as we possibly could have done, and I sincerely thank them all.
– Professor Martin Siegert, Principal Investigator, Subglacial Lake Ellsworth experiment
A team of British scientists are due to begin drilling into an ancient lake buried under 3 kilometres of Antarctic ice.
This will be the first attempt to extract uncontaminated samples of water and sediment from a body of water so far below the surface.
The team will drill the ice with a special hot-water drill, that will use approximately a thousand litres of water made from melted snow. It will take the team around five days to reach the subglacial lake.