Thursday, 18 December 2014

Biosphere 2

There's a rather interesting pair of podcasts on Biosphere 2 from the people at 'Stuff to Blow Your Mind.

http://www.stufftoblowyourmind.com/podcasts/tag/biosphere-2/

If you're not familiar with the project, Biosphere 2, built on three (and a bit) acres, was a self-contained environment in which volunteers lived, grew their own food and struggled for survival (and this was back in early days of the 1990s before reality-TV had been invented.)



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biosphere_2

The show is in two parts and covers the failures and successes of the experiment and how the lessons learnt can and are being used in the development of the upcoming Mars missions.

They've also got a great photo gallery, and I've just spent a rather fun half hour flicking through, imagining the students from the university which now operates the site fleeing there after the outbreak, struggling to keep the crops growing whilst the undead bang on the windows outside...

http://www.stufftoblowyourmind.com/blog/gallery/biosphere-2-the-encapsulated-earth/