NASA is getting ready for yet another mission of exploration, but it won't have to leave the confines of Earth.

FOX's Eben Brown reports:

The scientists at both NASA's jet propulsion laboratory and the University of Hawaii's institute of marine biology will be trekking out to explore the world's coral reefs.

NASA will be mounting specially designed instruments to high-flying aircraft and will fly around the world at an altitude higher than 20,000 feet. They plan to not only get new data on these strange underwater ecosystems, but also come up with a better map of their locations.

The project is called Coral Reef Airborne Laboratory, or simply 'Coral.'

Eben Brown, FOX News.

(Courtesy of NASA)
(Courtesy of NASA)

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