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Biosphere 2 | Biosphere 2 I, Gigapan. 2011 by Patrick Millard

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Patrick Millard Patrick Millard
Explore score
0.23 Gigapixels
Date added
Jun 25, 2011
Date taken
May 13, 2010

The University of Arizona assumed management of Biosphere 2 in June 2007, with a 3-year lease of the 3.14 acre facility. The agreement to pay a $100 annual fee to owners CDO Ranching and Development may extend to 10 years.

A $30 million gift from the Philecology Foundation, founded by Edward P. Bass, funds Bisophere 2 operations and some research projects. Other grants and awards, primarily from the National Science Foundation, also support research activities.

In the 1800s, the Biosphere 2 property was part of the Samaniego's CDO Ranch. After several changes of ownership, it became a conference center in the 1960s and 1970s, first for Motorola, then for The University of Arizona. Space Biospheres Ventures, bankrolled by Bass, bought the property in 1984 and began construction of the current facility in 1986 to research and develop self-sustaining space-colonization technology. Two missions, between 1991 and 1994, sealed Biospherians inside the glass enclosure to measure survivability. Behind this highly public exercise was useful research that helped further ecological understanding. An insider’s perspective on this experiment is provided by Jane Poynter, a veteran of Mission I, in The Human Experiment: Two Years and Twenty Minutes Inside Bisophere 2.

In 1994, Decisions Investments Corporation took over the property and Columbia University managed it from 1996-2003 and reconfigured the structure for a different mode of scientific research, including a study on the effects of carbon dioxide on plants. It built classrooms and housing for college students of earth systems science.

The property was sold June 4, 2007, to CDO Ranching and its development partners. The enclosure now serves as a tool to support research already underway by UA scientists. As a laboratory for big-scale projects, the university’s stewardship of Biosphere 2 will allow the UA to perform key experiments aimed at quantifying some of the consequences of global climate change.

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    robert (June 20, 2013, 09:28AM )

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Panorama size: 232 megapixels (29056 x 8004 pixels)
Input images: 52 (13 columns by 4 rows)
Field of view: 110.4 degrees wide by 30.4 degrees high (top=11.6, bottom=-18.8)
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Camera model: Canon PowerShot G11
Image size: 3648x2736 (10.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2010-05-13 10:18:43 - 2010-05-13 10:36:09
Aperture: f/8
Exposure time: 0.0333333
ISO: 80
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 142.3 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
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Horizontal overlap: 35.7 to 86.0 percent
Vertical overlap: 33.6 to 41.5 percent
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