Biosphere 2

Van Mensvoort
May 18th 2006

biosphere
Biosphere 2 is a manmade closed ecological system in Oracle, Arizona. Constructed between 1987 and 1989, it was used to test if and how people could live and work in a closed biosphere. It explored the possible use of closed biospheres in space colonization (Biosphere 1 is planet Earth).

The experiment showed the difficulty of copying the functions of the natural capital of the Earth biosphere with infrastructural capital constructed by humans. Despite expenditure of over $150 million, this attempt at a new biosphere did not sustain eight humans for a prolonged time. Biosphere 2 is currently exploited as a tourist attraction.

www.bio2.com (see also: Tropical Dome and Kernwasser Wonderland)

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Dr Natural
Posted 19/08/2006 – 13:13

Sounds interesting.

Tucson39
Posted 18/08/2006 – 23:53

A new book is coming out written by one of the original biospherians, Jane Poynter. From the excerpts on her site (http://janepoynter.com/excerpts.asp), it looks like the book will detail the dynamics of the team as well as the science behind the scenes. It looks to be an interesting read.

Should men be able to give birth to children?


Koert van Mensvoort: Is the artificial womb frankenstein-like symbol of (male) engineers trying to steal the magical womb from women? Or… is it a feminist project and needed to reach through equality between the sexes? I personally lean towards the latter. To me it feels like progress if a girl can tell a guy to carry the womb for a change.

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