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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Lake Ellsworth team 'extremely disappointed' by decision

The principal investigator of the Lake Ellsworth drilling mission, Professor Martin Siegert, has said he and the team are "extremely disappointed" to have called off the mission.

He said that drilling was proceeding slower than expected and that there would not have been enough fuel to continue.

He added: "We must remember that the scientific reasons to do this work remain compelling".

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