Originally posted by squandered
I think that they drilled through and got some water and left because of the weather. They won't start again until next year. It doesn't sit well with me.
Why doesn't it sit well with you? It makes good sense, considering the winter climate, to close up shop & finish in better weather. Do you remember how difficult it was for the scientist with cancer to be evacuated out of Antarctica some years back? Vostok is far more isolated than she was, any emergency evacs would have a much higher risk if any kind of situation arose. I'm ok with them playing it safe rather than risking being sorry. Research doesn't crumble into oblivion if it's paused, regular joes just need to take the environment & risks into consideration & have a shred of patience more.
Edit: I'm not certain, but I've also heard in Vostok's winter temperatures, it's difficult to impossible to keep the machinery running. Emergencies in that climate aside, that is also a good reason to hang it up. If you can't get the parts moving & working, what good does staying do?
edit on 4/18/2012 by Nyiah because: (no reason given)