Antarctic Mission Called Off

A team of Bristol 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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24 hours to drill through 3km of ice in -25 C

The drilling has begun today - and the team have just 24 hours to gather samples before the borehole refreezes. And all in -25 C. Tanya Mercer's report contains video from Pete Bucktrout British Antarctic Survey

Scientists from Bristol University are in Antarctica on a mission that could hold the clue to whether there's life on Mars. They're drilling through 3km of solid ice to try to find lifeforms in the water and mud underneath Lake Ellsworth.

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