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European scientists have unveiled an ice drill designed to penetrate three to six feet into the frigid lunar surface. According to plan, this device will start drilling into the Moon’s south polar regions in 2020.
In its slow ascent up Mount Sharp, NASA’s Curiosity Rover has stumbled upon a mystery fit for the robot’s name: silica. Lots and lots of silica. And the discovery may shape our understanding of the Red Planet’s geologic past, including whether life could have lived there.
Humans have dreamt of of drilling to the center of the Earth for over a century, but the fact of the matter is, we haven’t made it past the crust. An ambitious new scientific expedition hopes to change that.