Antarctic lake mission called off

A team of British scientists have called off their mission to drill deep into an Antarctic ice sheet in the hope of finding life in an ancient lake.

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Professor: Ice mission cancellation 'hugely frustrating'

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

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