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The possibility that Earth will be hit by an asteroid in our lifetime isn't huge. But here's the thing: the threat is so potentially catastrophic that even a small chance of impact – and the utterly apocalyptic waves that could subsequently erase entire coastlines – makes an asteroid one of those things that someone should probably be thinking about.
For years, that's precisely what a little-known NASA project has been doing, 20 meters beneath the ocean surface, some four kilometers off the coast of the Florida Keys. Each summer, groups of aquanauts descend to Aquarius Reef Base, the world's last true sea lab, run by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, to live underwater for two weeks at a time, as part of a project called NEEMO, or NASA's Extreme Environment Mission Operations.
And watch an exclusive interview with the asteroid aquanauts:
Sure lets not speak about Dec 21st 2012, but worry about an asteroid collision instead! And besides, ".... the world’s last true sea lab...", we have to give this lab a project or we'll loose it too. Because we all know, asteroids attack from the ocean bottom first, right..... ;)
No wait, they are in the ocean to pretend to be in outerspace and see what it would be like if an asteroid hit the earth as they observe it from space, but really they are in ocean doing this test as the asteroid plummets to the earth.....
I hope NASA keeps their ocean lab, anyways!
You know what id do, catch it in a net attached with rockets and keep it as my pet, orbital pet rock anyone?
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