was a source of almost immediate interest for the U. space program, whose scientists saw in it the chance to conduct a series of experiments foreshadowing future unmanned missions to Europa, one of the moons of Jupiter, whose icy surface contains lakes and deposits similar to Lake Vostok.
In September 1999, a total of 80 scientists from over a dozen countries met at Cambridge Universitys Lucy Cavendish College to establish protocols for researching the alleged life forms teeming in what must surely be the blackest waters in the world.
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Scientists and laypersons alike were thrilled by the discovery and its space-related implications, but Lake Vostok was never mentioned again outside specialized circles until now.
One of the most memorable passages of Jules Vernes 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is the moment when his anti-hero, Captain Nemo, unfurls his vast black flag at the South Pole, claiming to be the first to have reached the beckoning goal.
A new meteorite that came from Mars has been discovered by US scientists in Antarctica, the US space agency NASA announced.
The meteorite was found by a field party from the US Antarctic Search for Meteorites program (ANSMET) on December 15, 2003, on an ice field in the Miller Range of the Transantarctic Mountains, roughly 750 kilometers from the South Pole.
In fact, there are 11 other meteorites, called the SNCs, that are also almost certain to be from Mars.