Scenes From Under the Ice
The environment beneath the ice in McMurdo Sound is other-worldly. Literally. That’s part of the reason we are studying it – because it provides one of the best terrestrial analogs to what things might be like on Europa. ARTEMIS has 3 active cameras on board, and has been busy capturing scenes of the world below during our missions. Some of these scenes are incredibly beautiful – I can now understand why Antarctic divers reverently call going beneath the ice “entering The Cathedral.”
ARTEMIS flies under a school of fish while gazing up at the ice ceiling. It’s amazing how the world below the ice can be so alien, and yet so the same – the fish look like birds underneath a bank of clouds.
ARTEMIS approaches a sizable jellyfish which swam past our borehole.
Reporting by Evan Clark