The Worlds Most Extreme Science LaboratoriesMarcusCannon
When pushing the boundaries of scientific discovery and understanding, research labs may be forced to invest in cutting edge technologies and apparatus – creating unique and extreme work spaces. To celebrate the unending spirit and determination of the dedicated scientist, we are taking a whirlwind tour through the five most extreme science laboratories in the world.
The Pyramid Laboratory – The Himalayas
Earning the title of the world’s highest science lab, the Pyramid Laboratory in the Sagarmatha National Park of Nepal is located a staggering 16,568 feet above sea level. Found at the foot of Mount Everest, the research station is a stylish three-story pyramid-shaped laboratory housing a team of researchers studying geology, climate, the environment and human physiology.
The overall goal for the laboratory is to improve the lives of the native populations of Nepal and surrounding nations and safeguard the world’s fragile, high altitude ecosystems.
SNOLAB – Roughly 2km Under Ontario, Canada
The buried science laboratory, SNOLAB, is the world’s deepest science laboratory – and probably the most likely to be commandeered as the base for an evil genius plotting global domination. But for now the SNOLAB is primarily focussed on the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) experiment, studying neutrinos.
The positioning of the lab underneath the Earth’s surface is hugely important, using the thick layer above to filter out cosmic radiations.
NOAA Aquarius Reef Base – Florida Keys
From the deepest underground lab to the deepest underwater research facility, the NOAA Aquarius Reef Base is roughly 60 feet underneath the water’s surface in the Florida Keys. As part of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, researchers have used the facility for almost 30 years as a base to study the ecology of the local reef.
The homely research station includes sleeping quarters for up to six people as well as bedroom facilities and windows to watch the watery world pass by.
CERN – Geneva
Perhaps the most famous science laboratory on the face of the Earth, CERN spans more than 550 hectares across Switzerland and France. Home of the Large Hadron Collider, the site is used to uncover the secrets of the Universe, attempting to replicate the conditions of the Big Bang.
The Large Hadron Collider is the largest single machine in the world, and CERN are looking to expand it even further in the near future.
International Space Station – Outer Space
Currently (at the time of writing) manned by Brit Tim Peake, the International Space Station is undoubtedly the most extreme of all manmade science laboratories. Zooming through space at a speed of 17,227 mph, the International Space Station is located at 200+ miles above the Earth’s Surface.
Launched in 1998, the International Space Station serves primarily as a microgravity and space environment research laboratory – providing the setting for a range of experiments in biology, human biology, physics, astronomy and meteorology.
As well as being the most extreme research lab of this world, the International Space Station is also thought to be the most expensive single item ever constructed – costing a whopping $150bn by 2010.
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