1991 Photo Contest, Science & Technology, 1st prize

Peter J. Menzel

01 January, 1990

The Arizona desert storm has no effect on conditions inside Biosphere II, a prototype space colony built with future colonization of Mars in mind. It contains five eco-systems; savannah, desert, marshland, tropical rain-forest and even an ocean. The crew, eight men and women, will spend two years sealed off from the outside world. Their research and efforts to maintain an ecological balance in Biosphere II are expected to yield data both valuable for future manned space exploration, and scientists and ecologists.

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Peter J. Menzel

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