And you thought crash test dummies had the toughest job in the world. These dummies may have the toughest job in the universe.

NASA’s Langley Research Center just released footage (above) of how its dummies boldly go where no dummies have gone before — and it's spectacularly brutal.

Of course, we’re not talking about a family sedan here. Crashing into a wall to test seat belts is far too pedestrian for these humanoids. Instead, NASA’s human dolls are put in situations that simulate a rocket smashing into the ground. Or a shuttle smacking into the sea.

NASA's crash test dummies absorb impact from crash Built to withstand extreme trauma, these super-tough human dolls record every second of impact for NASA engineers. (Photo: NASA Langley Research Center)

The dummies are humanesque in height and weigh anywhere between 105 and 220 pounds. Most importantly, they’re outfitted with a battery of sensors — which means, unlike their car-testing cousins, these dummies are expected to make it through the ordeal in one piece.

"The instrumentation has gotten a lot smaller. You can now put a entire suite of sensors just in the back of this head," structural impact dynamics engineer Martin Annett says in the clip.

Sensors inside the head of a NASA test dummy. With heads crammed full of complex sensors, these dummies are a lot smarter than you think. (Photo: NASA Langley Research Center)

That’s where the real science begins. Their super-tough bodies don’t go full-smithereen on impact, instead they absorb impacts and relay the minutest of data to scientists.

"Most of the time that we’re doing a crash test, everything that you really want to know about injury occurs in anywhere from one-tenth to four-tenths of a second. So we have to be able to capture a lot of data within that time frame," Annett says.

Crash test dummies inside fuselage. In this test, dummies are are subjected to a very hard drop of 14 feet while strapped into a section of fuselage. (Photo: NASA Langley Research Center)

The goal, however, isn’t that far flung from the basic motive for car safety tests: Engineers aim to build the perfect Volvo ... for space.

To do that, they glean data from complex sensors riddled throughout the dummies — information that can be used to build safer space suits and crafts that keep astronauts safe when being slung into space or returning to terra firma.

Test dummies crash in mock spacecraft Surprisingly, many of these crash tests indicate humans would emerge from the wreck A-OK. (Photo: NASA Langley Research Center)

So maybe, in between gawking at the sheer spectacle of these demolition dummies, we should take a moment to give them their due.

After all, they’re the unknown stuntmen who make space exploration possible.

NASA's crash test dummies redefine the role
NASA's crash dummies are worlds tougher than their car-testing cousins.