Good morning, bloggers!
Over the last two months, we have been studying the novel Mr. Popper’s Penguins and researching penguins in the Antarctic. Time For Kids just released a news article about an Antarctic discovery!
Time For Kids wrote, “After two decades of start-and-stop drilling, Russian researchers have finally reached Lake Vostok. The lake is buried beneath ice that is two miles thick. The lake’s fresh water has remained untouched for the last 20 million years. One of roughly 400 lakes that rest under the ice on the continent, Lake Vostok is the largest. At 160 miles long and 30 miles wide, it is similar in size to Lake Ontario in North America.”
This research project has lead researchers to test new technologies that may even be used in space!
Time for Kids stated, “The drilling of Lake Vostok has made it possible for scientists to test technologies that could be used to study similar places in our solar system. “Conditions in lakes in Antarctica are the closest we can get to those where scientists expect to find extraterrestrial life,” said Valery Lukin, the head of Russia’s Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute. Researchers believe the conditions of Lake Vostok are similar to those found under the ice crust on Mars, on Jupiter’s moon Europa, and on a moon of Saturn. Studying the lake may help scientists determine which of those other icy worlds to target for exploration first.”
Click the link to read the entire article about this Antarctic discovery.
How do you think this research will help advance research in space?
Where else in the world do you think this research could be used?