uh gee, so basically, he is going to believe the scientists to be honest about what they are doing when it's convenient for him?
If they have a contraption down below the south pole pointing down, i can assure you they are more curious as to what is outside of earth rather than what is in space on the northern side. how ridiculous. man is curious about what is outside of earth, and to use the nutrino penetrating through a solid convex earth is the perfect excuse to fund their research.
they wanna know what hell is like actually.