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Biosphere 2: The World’s Largest Earth Science Laboratory You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

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From the outside, Biosphere 2 looks like a film set for the latest James Bond movie.

Futuristic brilliant white and gold domes, a towering glass pyramid with a real-life rainforest inside, all sat atop a complex network of winding tunnels and an iron lung chamber.

Many older generations know of us thanks to the experiments conducted in the early 1990s, explains John Adams, deputy director of Biosphere 2.

The experiments Adams refers to are two missions which saw a team of scientists seal themselves inside the laboratory.

The first mission garnered the most column inches; four men and four women entered Biosphere 2 in 1991, vowing to stay inside the lab for two years, without any physical contact in the outside world.

Although perhaps the mission served more as an insight into what happens to human relationships in an enclosed environment, than whether a biosphere could support humanity, Adams wants the younger generation to get involved in what Biosphere 2 still has to offer.

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