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- The world’s largest swimming pool will be built in the United Kingdom.
- The facility, to be called Blue Abyss, will be used to train astronauts.
- The pool will be 64 feet long, 130 feet deep, 52 feet wide, and contain 1,483,216 cubic feet of water.
The world's largest swimming pool will be built in the United Kingdom to allow for astronaut training.
According to a press release, the underwater facility, called Blue Abyss, will be 164 feet long, 130 feet wide, have a 164-foot-deep shaft, and contain 1,483,216 cubic feet of water — the equivalent of 17 Olympic-size swimming pools.
Located in Cornwall, the estimated $213 million facility will include features such as a microgravity suite, a training center, and hypobaric and hyperbaric chambers that will be able to simulate the effects of high and low pressure astronauts can be exposed to.
"Cornwall is the perfect home for Blue Abyss, a region with great potential for its space, aerospace and renewable energy ambitions," said British astronaut Maj. Tim Peake. "This project will join Goonhilly Earth Station [a large radiocommunication space station located in Cornwall] and Spaceport Cornwall as significant national assets, creating a deep sea and space research, training and test facility, as well as fantastic educational resource, helping to widen our knowledge of how humans and technology can function in extreme environments."
The Blue Abyss center is expected to open in 2023.
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