Pool trivia: the largest pool in the world?

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Another one of our office question: which is the largest indoor pool in the world?

Turns out, two of us had a actually visit this pool without know it was the largest indoor pool in the world.

In 2012, on our honeymoon, we visited the NASA Space center in Houston, Texas. We booked a tour that took us through the actual space center and one of the stops was the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory. This is a giant pool which holds a full size model the International Space Station and the space shuttle (or at least it used to). It turns out that this gigantic pool is the largest pool in the world.

Unfortunately you will have to be an astronaut in training to get to use the pool. Also, instead of bikinis and boxer shorts the dress code is scuba gear and space suits. NASA uses this pool for astronauts to practice working in zero gravity by having them float – at neutral buoyancy – in the pool.

Now if that isn’t a good story to get your kids excited about your pool.

And then lastly, if you every find yourself in Houston, we highly recommend the tour we took at NASA. Here’s more info on it: Level 9 Tour

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Pool trivia: the oldest pool in the world?

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How old is the oldest pool in the world?

This question came up in the office last week. After some researching the answer came out to be: around 4,500 years!

Most sources agree that a pool in the settlement of Mohenjo-daro is the oldest swimming pool in the world. Mohenjo-Daro is an ancient Indus civilization settlement located in modern day Pakistan. The settlement was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1980 and archeologist are pretty certain that they have found a 12 x 7 meter swimming pool in part of the complex. The structure has some of the features of a Roman Bath.

Want some more pool records:

Largest pool: San Alfonso del Mar in Algarrobo, Chile at over 1 km in length

Highest pool: Yangbajain in Tibet, China. The pool is located at 4,200 meters above sea level.