By Ariel Schwartz of Fast CoExist:
"The Aquarius Reef Base, an underwater ocean laboratory in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, is a home away from home for certain lucky scientists, who get to spend days at a time on missions while living at the lab.
The Reef Base is three and a half miles miles offshore, 60 feet underwater, and has been the site of many accomplishments in its 22-year history: researching sea sponges (don’t laugh, they’re a source of cancer drugs), discovering a disease pathogen that obliterated large hard corals in the Florida Keys, training NASA astronauts for their journeys in to space, and more. And now, unless new funding is found, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) will shut it down."
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