Wait, wait, wait… It was reported that the Russian scientists did penetrate the ancient lake on Sunday (2/5/12), but that they had to leave the same day because of incoming winter weather. We were told the bore hole would remain open with anti-freeze so that when Antarctic summer arrives, they can go back and collect samples to test.
Now we’re told some Russian bureaucrat supposedly ‘dropped in’ to Antarctica to observe the historic moment, got himself a flask of Lake Vostok water (which the Russian AARI team has been working for 20 years to reach — not to mention scientists worldwide have been eagerly waiting as long to test), and presented it to Putin in some government meeting on Friday? With that hokey, kiss-up-to-the-PM label?
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, Feb. 10 (UPI) — A water sample from Lake Vostok, hidden under antarctic ice for millions of years, has been presented to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, scientists say.
Russian officials confirmed Wednesday researchers at the Vostok station located on the ice sheet above had drilled down to the untouched Antarctic sub-glacial lake, RIA Novosti reported.
Just hours before the historic penetration, Russia’s Natural Resource Minister Yury Trutnev arrived at the station to observe the climax of the project to drill through more than 12,000 feet into the lake.
On Friday, Trutnev arrived at a meeting with Putin and delivered a flask of water bearing a label reading “Lake Vostok, more than million years old, depth 3,769.3 meters, 5.12.11, Antarctic.”
Scientists said Lake Vostok, the largest of Antarctica’s buried network of icebound lakes, could reveal clues to how life evolved before the ice age.
The first sample from the lake’s ancient waters has not yet been tested, researchers said.
If true, I guess Putin may be the next person infected by The Thing.