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[CNN] The $1 billion mission to reach the Earth's mantle

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Humans have reached the moon and are planning to return samples from Mars, but when it comes to exploring the land deep beneath our feet, we have only scratched the surface of our planet.

This may be about to change with a $1 billion mission to drill 6 km beneath the seafloor to reach the Earth's mantle -- a 3000 km-thick layer of slowly deforming rock between the crust and the core which makes up the majority of our planet -- and bring back the first ever fresh samples.

It could help answer some of our biggest questions about the origins and evolution of Earth itself, with almost all of the sea floor and continents that make up the Earth´s surface originating from the mantle.

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it still astounds me how many people call for us to explore the great beyond, but no one wants to explore the planet beneath our feet and learn how to live at peace with our own world first. Maybe this leads to more progress in this area?
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This seems so interesting. i want to know what they really could learn from lava xD but still, i thinks its about time. ill be watching this.
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This seems so interesting. i want to know what they really could learn from lava xD but still, i thinks its about time. ill be watching this.

Lava outside, magma inside... didn't you watch Eureka ? biggrin.gif
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FIRST!!
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hmm, looks like i've been watching too many youtube videos today... rolleyes.gif In all seriousness, it still astounds me how many people call for us to explore the great beyond, but no one wants to explore the planet beneath our feet and learn how to live at peace with our own world first. Maybe this leads to more progress in this area?
Watch some Neil Degrasse Tyson videos, and feel bad for what you just said.
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Drill hole into center of earth, earth deflates like balloon killing everyone and sending everything flinging into space.... Seems reasonable. Maybe the human race deserves it for allowing things like Honey Boo Boo to exist....

1 Billion is pretty cheap for something like this, too. When you factor in the equipment alone I'd have thought this would be much more than that. Pretty nifty! Hope we find something useful
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What happens if they hit the mantle and there is something there or something goes wrong and the earth explodes?

2012 anyone?
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Excellent, It is about time we looked somewhat closer to home! Lets go explore. 

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Lava outside, magma inside... didn't you watch Eureka ? biggrin.gif

I seriously miss that show. Such terrible acting, but I never missed an episode...

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Watch some Neil Degrasse Tyson videos, and feel bad for what you just said.

I will watch some videos, but I highly doubt I'll feel bad about my statement.
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I remember reading about previous attempts in the past.

A good analogy I read before: Trying to drill through the crust, through the ocean floor is like trying to drill into the pavement from the top of the Empire State building with a drill bit the width of spaghetti.

Good luck to them.
    
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