8 Men And Women Once Sealed Themselves Inside This Enormous Fake Mars Colony For 2 Years – Here’s What It’s Like Today

A decade before Elon Musk founded his fast-rising rocket company, SpaceX, or spoke publicly about colonizing Mars, a different billionaire captivated the world with Biosphere 2.
Ed Bass, an oil tycoon, spent about $250 million to build and operate that facility as a proof-of-concept for a permanent, self-sustaining habitat on Mars. Four men and four women sealed themselves inside the airtight space in September 1991 and emerged two years later.
The experimental space-age facility served as the stage for a spectacular and controversial story of human endurance.
Built into a hillside of the Arizona desert during the early 1990s, the complex remains a functional marvel of engineering.
Business Insider recently visited Biosphere 2 to learn about the many challenges that early Martian colonists could face.
Here’s what it’s like inside the 3.14-acre bubble today.

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