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Thread: One of the largest pools I will ever see (The NBL)

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    One of the largest pools I will ever see (The NBL)

    I have been wanting to share this with everyone but just have not had the time. How many of you have seen the Movie "Armeggedon"? Well, if you remember all of the scenes where they did the training in the water, do I have a treat for you.
    I am an avid scuba diver. I have been diving for several years now. While going to school, I held a job at a dive shop where I was given the opportunity to make alot of new friends. Well, alot of those friends work for NASA at/in The NBL (Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory). I took a trip down to Clear Lake, TX. a few weeks ago to catch up with old friends at The NBL. While there, I asked for permission to post some shots of the pool and share them with all of you. When I mean pool, I mean pool. Just to give you an idea of how large this pool is, picture the Space Shuttle and then picture 4 of them in the pool at the same time. The pool holds 6.2 million gallons of water, is 202 feet long by 102 feet wide, and 40 feet deep. I am told that the pool water is receycled every 19-20 hours (I will let the pump curve folks figure that one). Anyways, I thought I would share my experience with all of you. Here are some shots. The underwater shots are of mock-ups for the International Space Station currently orbiting our Earth. Enjoy. I send a special thanks to the entire gang at the NBL (Thanks guys and girls).



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    Wonder if they use BBB :P
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    WOW

    According to BleachCalc, it would take 103 Gallons of 6% bleach to raise 1 ppm.... HAHAHA

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    Very Cool! I bet it was absolutely awesome to see that up close.
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    That is fantastic! I lived in Clear Lake for a while and had no idea that was there.

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    Great info and pics Thanks to you and your friends at NBL.
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    eh, if you've seen one giant space pool, you've seen 'em all. j/k

    Very cool. Thanks for sharing.
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    Wow!!

    That is very cool!!!
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    Hey PoolSean, how many cells and how much salt to get this pool going on SWCG. Total Control system, what size acid tank do you think. Or how many pucks do they throw in floaters.
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    Amazing!

    ....but no diving board......c'mon!!

    Wonder what the water temperature is....hmmmmmm
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    Wow! Wonder if they use Sand, DE or Cartridge filter.
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    pool cleaner stuck in the ladder again.
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    Re: Amazing!

    Quote Originally Posted by lsbarkley
    ....but no diving board......c'mon!!

    Wonder what the water temperature is....hmmmmmm
    They maintain at a constant 88 degrees
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    I found this picture on the Nasa Website of the Maintenance Crew adding a little Baking Soda
    to correct an Alkalinity issue.
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    Wow - that is really cool. Thank you for sharing. I would like to spend time imprving my diving skills in that pool!!
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    my kreepy krawly would have problems in that pool.

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    synchronized soda??

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    Seeing those dump trucks gives you a little bit of scale to realize just how big that pool is.
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    I think those trucks were photoshopped in afterwards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazycanuck
    I think those trucks were photoshopped in afterwards.
    I agree! but good humor!
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