Monday, 23rd May 2005 by Alex Turnbull
This is Biosphere 2 in the Arizona desert. Constructed between 1987 and ’89, the ill fated ‘self-contained environment’ experiment was supposedly intended to explore the possible use of closed biospheres in space colonisation (you know, like in Total Recall!). The name comes from the idea that it was modelled on “Biosphere 1″, the Earth. Unfortunately it seems that the first inhabitants argued constantly and nearly starved.
Finally, Biosphere 2 featured in the 1996 film Bio-Dome with Pauly Shore and Stephen Baldwin, but David Hill asked me not to mention it.