Reading through some interesting news articles today–from Zuckerberg and Facebook’s new direction (which I wrote about yesterday) to the opening of the Olympics, and I came across an ABCNews post about the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and its Aquarius project, the world’s only undersea laboratory (since 1993) located off the Florida Keys.
It seems that the “aquanauts” (underwater scientists) in the project knew their budget was going to be cut drastically, but they didn’t know how much it would be. Turns out, Washington politicians opted to completely cut the lab’s $3 million dollar annual budget. Now, the future of this cool project seems to be in jeopardy.
Personally, I’m not sure why a project like this would require 3 million bucks to keep it going. Maybe piping air down there and keeping it from rusting out is expensive, but I’m sure, if they privatize it, it might be able to keep from drying up.
If you’d like to read some more about the Aquarius Underwater Reef Lab, check out this article.