A team of Russian researchers in Antarctica from Russia's Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (AARI) had been drilling for weeks to reach the 20 million years old subglacial water body.Quoting io9.com:
“Vostok is thought to harbor conditions similar to those of Jupiter's moon Europa and Saturn's moon Enceladus, and the discovery of life in the lake's inky depths would significantly strengthen the prospect of discovering life on either of these icy bodies.”
AND Now they cannot be contacted. They have been under radio silence since 5 days (and counting).
The scientists were on the verge of boring the two mile ice surface and breaking in the lake which is as older as the Dinosaurs.
It may seem as a plot of a 2012 sci-fi thriller…. but you never know…. 20 million years is a really long time.
I mean, what course evolution or natural selection took, considering the ecology of something as frigid as this, is anyone's guess.
Countless movies have been made, mystery science fiction has been written, but still we are constantly inquisitive and human curiosity always needs proof.
But now what actually has happened is but a speculation limited only by our deepest fears….