PHOTOS: New Zealander journeys into heart of active volcano

Geoff Mackley rapelled more than 1,000 feet into the mouth of the Marum volcano in the South Pacific for up-close peek at 2,100-degree lava pit

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2012, 11:16 AM
**ONLINE EMBARGO UNTIL FRIDAY 28 SEPT 00.01** PIC BY BRADLEY AMBROSE / CATERS NEWS- (Pictured is Geoff Mackley inside the volcano) This scientist looks like hes on a journey to the centre of the Earth - but he might get Jules BURNED if he gets any closer to this 1,150 degree boiling inferno of LAVA. In these stunning pictures fearless Geoff Mackley looks like a speck of tin foil next to the molten pit raging INSIDE the crater of a volcano. Geoff has become the first person ever to get so close to the hell-like heart of the Marum Volcano, on the island of Vanuatu, in the South Pacific. At a distance of just 30 metres one slip or a sudden surge of the bubbling lava and he would be instantly turned to ash. But incredibly, wearing a protective heat-proof suit, Geoff managed to stand next to the hell pit for a staggering 45 minutes in August this year. SEE CATERS COPY **FOR UK USE / SALES ONLY** *** Local Caption *** **ONLINE EMBARGO UNTIL FRIDAY 28 SEPT 00.01** PIC BY BRADLEY AMBROSE / CATERS NEWS- (Pictured is Geoff Mackley inside the volcano) This scientist looks like hes on a journey to the centre of the Earth - but he might get Jules BURNED if he gets any closer t

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Geoff Mackley on the cusp of the Marum Volcano, on the island of Vanuatu, in the South Pacific.


He has seen the face of hell.

A fearless New Zealand photographer journeyed into the mouth of a volcano in the South Pacific in order to get an once-in-a-lifetime look at its roiling ocean of fire.

Geoff Mackley had spent 15 years trying to get near the hellish core of the Marum volcano in Vanuatu, a republic of islands some 1,000 miles east of Australia.

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After camping out with his team for nearly 40 days last, the daredevil filmmaker rappelled nearly a quarter mile into the volcano’s crater in August.

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Wearing a silver heat suit and breathing tank, the 46-year-old spent 45 minutes marveling at the 2,000-degree fiery abyss from just 100 feet away.

“It looks like the surface of the sun. It looks like all my wildest dreams into one moment, it’s the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen or done,” Mackley radioed to his team.

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Clad in a silver heat suit and breathing tank, Mackley stood near the hellish pit for a staggering 45 minutes.

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Mackley and his team camped out for 38 days, waiting for the rain to stop, before he rapelled more than 1,000 feet into the volcano’s mouth.

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The 43-year-old New Zealander said the pit looked like the surface of the sun. ‘It’s the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen or done,’ he said.

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