At 164 Feet, World’s Deepest Pool Could Prove to be a Vital Asset for Astronauts

By: | July 27th, 2015


The University of Essex and development partner Blue Abyss are proposing the world’s deepest pool (164 feet) as training grounds for astronauts looking to experience microgravity conditions like they will encounter in outer space.

Currently, the world’s deepest pool resides in Montegrotto Terme, Italy, and at 137 feet deep blows away NASA’s 40-foot training pool.

As someone who has swam in 14-foot hotel pools, I have no desire to experience anything over 16 feet or so, but hey, someone has to do it.

For the time being, the idea is just being discussed and since it will cost a whopping $60 million, don’t get your hopes up just yet.

I think they would find a lot of use for it should the project get the go-ahead, but we will just have to wait and see.



Marshall Smith

Technology, engineering, and design enthusiast.

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