National Geographic : 2011 Apr
lifetime of exploration and adventure and tireless curiosity. Over the radio the emotion in his voice was palpable. "Amazing. Incredible. I'll never see anything like this again." A er a few seconds he backed away. ere was still essential work to do. He didn't have a hammer, so with a hard slam of his st he broke o a piece of fresh lava. It was shiny, iridescent black, and so hot that, even wearing thermal gloves, he juggled it from hand to hand. But he had it. e zero-age sample. rough a war zone, up a mountain, down a crater, to the edge of a lava lake, he had it. Now the science, at long last, could begin. j RISKY RESEARCH Carsten Peter and team drop into Nyiragongo in Man vs. Volcano, on the National Geographic Channel, April 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT in the U.S.