With the rapid onset of winter, scientists will be forced to leave on the last flight out for this season, on Feb 6.
"It's minus 40 (Celsius) outside," Turkeyev said. "But whatever, we're working. We're feeling good. There's only 5 meters left until we get to the lake so it'll all be very soon."
|Antarctica: location of Lake Vostok|
Lake Vostok is the largest known lake in Antarctica at 150 km × 50 km and estimated to be more than 900 m deep. Though pitch black it is thought to contain high quantities of oxygen, thus may host a variety of organisms. It is proposed to be a fresh water lake.