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Pushing Our Limits: Insights from Biosphere 2

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Pushing Our Limits is a fresh examination of Biosphere 2, the world’s first man-made mini-world, twenty-five years after its first closure experiment. Author Mark Nelson, one of the eight crew members locked in the enclosure during the 1991–1993 experiment, offers a compelling insider’s view of the dramatic story behind Biosphere 2.

Biosphere 2 helped change public underst
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Paperback, 328 pages
Published February 27th 2018 by University of Arizona Press
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Ryan
Aug 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: environment, nature
One of the grandest science experiments of the twentieth century, I remember being quite enthralled when it was in the news at the time. The idea of artificially constructing a self-contained ecosystem that could sustain human life in the long-term bordered on science fiction and inspired me to learn everything I could about Earth science and ecology.

The details of the event have since been lost to my memory so this book written by one of the original eight people who participated in Biosphere
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Sloane Marlowe
Much has been written—some of it good but much of it salacious—about Biosphere 2 in the decades since it materialized in the desert outside the tiny town of Oracle, Arizona. In Pushing Our Limits: Insights from Biosphere 2, author Mark Nelson, a member of the original crew that lived in Biosphere 2 for nearly two years, aims to set the record straight.

The Biosphere 2 project grew out of the space race and the need for astronauts of the future to be able to survive extended space missions (like
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Hank
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Nelson's latest book was an in depth look at not only the history of the BioSphere 2 project but how it ties into the current world's research and ecology. The anecdotes of his time in BioSphere 2 were great accents to the whole thing. I already had a lot of exposure to that from Poynter's "Human Experiment" (great book too) and Nelson's previous collaboration "Life Under Glass" need to read it again. With the renewed interest in Moon and Mars colonization I wonder how much more advanced we are ...more
Pete
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating book about an extraordinary project.
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