Drilling Ice Hole

Drilling Ice Hole

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Caption: Drilling one of 80 holes in the ice at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station for the IceCube project. IceCube will search for neutrinos from distant astrophysical sources, in a quest to answer questions about the origins of the universe. While trillions of neutrinos pass through the earth every second, they are difficult to detect. IceCube will use the earth as a filter, looking through the earth to the northern hemispheric skies. Eighty holes will be drilled into the ice with each hole 2.4 km deep. Sixty Digital Optical Modules will be lowered into each hole and frozen into place. When neutrinos pass through ultra clear blue ice the collision produces a particle - called a muon - which radiates blue light. The DOMs will detect this light and send back data, via the Internet, to scientists around the world. December 20, 2005. United States Antarctic Program.

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Keywords: amundsen-scott, antarctic, antarctica, drill, drill hole, drilling, environment, ice, icecube project, m, research, science, south pole, south pole station, united states antarctic progra, usap

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