(DISCOVER MAGAZINE) – A 9-mile wide (14 kilometers) asteroid struck off the coast of Mexico 66 million years ago, wiping out 75 percent of life on Earth. Scientists are currently drilling into the Chicxulub impact crater’s peak ring for the first time.

The rocks and tiny fossils they find here will reveal new details about the impact and how life rebounded in its aftermath.

Discover associate editor Eric Betz joined the team on site in Mexico as the operation started.

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