by Joseph Trainor
Volume 10, Number 24
June 15, 2005
from UfoInfo Website
From the Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun June 6, 2005
Many thanks to Angela Tarohachi for this newspaper article
"Japanese scientists are to explore the center of the Earth. Using a drill ship (subterrene or tunneler– J.T.) to be launched next month, the researchers want to be the first to poke a hole through the rocky crust that covers our planet and to reach the mantle."
"The team wants to return samples from the mantle, 10 kilometers (6 miles) down, to learn more about what triggers undersea earthquakes, such as the one off Sumatra that caused the December 26, 2004 (Indian Ocean) tsunami. They hope to study the deep rocks for records of past climate changes and to see if the deepest regions of the Earth could harbor life."
"Asahiko Taira, director-general of the Center for Deep Earth Exploration in Yokohama, said, ’One of the main purposes for doing this is to find deep fractures within the oceanic crust and upper mantle. We believe there to be life forms there. It’s the same mission as searching for life on Mars.’"
"Material in the upper mantle produces compounds essential for life when they interact with seawater. ’This is the system which we believe created early life. There may be a chance we can watch the origins of life still taking place today,’ Dr. Taira said."
"The 57,500-ton drill ship Chikyu (Japanese for Earth–A.T.) is being prepared at the southern port of Nagasaki. Two-thirds the length of the R.M.S. Titanic, the ship is fitted with technology borrowed from the oil industry that will allow it to bore through 7,000 meters (23,100 feet) of crust below the seabed while floating in 2,500 meters (8,250 feet) of water. The ship requires a drill measuring 25 times the height of (New York City’s) Empire State Building," i.e. 32,500 feet or 9,750 meters.
“The deepest hole drilled through the seabed so far has reached 2,111 meters (6,966 feet). After final sea trials this year, the scientists will set sail for the deep Pacific, where the Earth’s crust is the thinnest. Drilling is expected to begin next year.”
“It could take more than a year to drill through kilometers of crust and reach the mantle, so the ship is fitted with six rotating thrusters controlled by GPS satellites to keep it directly over the hole. The drill is surrounded by a sleeve that contains a shock-absorbing chemical and a blowout valve that will protect it should the drill strike oil or superheated rock (magma–J.T.) within the crust.”
(Editor’s Note: This may be Japan’s first subterrene, but evidence exists showing that the USA already has a number of these strange vehicles)