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USA_SCI_BIOSPH_02_xs Biosphere 2 Project undertaken by Space Biosphere Ventures, a private ecological research firm funded by Edward P. Bass of Texas. Candidates for (1990)’s Biosphere 2 project. Dr. Roy Walford (bald) is front and center. Biosphere 2 was a privately funded experiment, designed to investigate the way in which humans interact with a small self-sufficient ecological environment, and to look at possibilities for future planetary colonization. The $30 million Biosphere covers 2.5 acres near Tucson, Arizona, and was entirely self- contained. The eight ‘Biospherian’s’ shared their air- and water-tight world with 3,800 species of plant and animal life during their two-year isolation experiment. The project had problems with oxygen levels and food supply, and has been criticized over its scientific validity.(1989)

Eight people quarantined themselves for two years in a closed-system biosphere with plants, animals, an ocean and its own atmosphere. What could possibly go wrong? The bizarre story of an experiment that became a worldwide phenomenon is both a cautionary tale and a hopeful lesson of how a small group of dreamers can potentially reimagine a new world.

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