Tokyo, April 8: The first moon landing happened in the year, 1969 which was a miracle in the history of mankind. And ever since then, to quench our thirst to know what’s beyond, we have always looked far ahead in the space to witness any signs of life. But have we really known everything what’s deep inside the earth? Well, this might change soon as Japanese scientists are planning to grill into the Earth’s mantle to discover if there are any signs of life left within.
Japanese researchers from Japan’s Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) are studying the mantle dynamics to discover what mantle is composed of. The drilling under Pacific Ocean is considered by looking 10kms of the sea floor. For this expedition, Japan’s deep sea drilling vessel Chikyu will be used.
This research will come into great help for the nation to study the earthquake occurrences and volcano eruptions. JAMSTEC researcher said, “Mantle rocks are very beautiful. It’s kind of yellowish green. We need to know our natural resources more precisely."
The mission will observe 3 main questions surrounding existential life. Mainly, to access planet’s mantle surface, investigate the boundary between the ocean’s crust and the mantle, and to examine how microbial life exists and the limit of life inside the Earth.
According to Natsue Abe (JAMSTEC’s researcher), the drilling will start from 2030.
In 1997, geologists carried out the same experiment by drilling 3kms of Indian Ocean the first time. The attempt failed due to high winds which blocked the hole they drilled.
However, there were similar expeditions carried out in 2002 and 2011 which failed again.