HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Biosphere Lessons Can Be Applied To Space, Former Crew Co-Captain Says

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The experiences of the team of scientists who lived in the Biosphere 2 closed system from 1991 to 1993 can be applied to space travel, according to Sally Silverstone, co-captain of the crew.

Long-term space missions will require life support systems similar to the steel and glass structure north of Tucson, Ariz., where eight scientists lived for two years, Silverstone said.

Silverstone spoke at symposium on future directions in space life science research at a meeting of the Space and Underwater Research Group of the World Federation of Neurology here today. The meeting is being coordinated by the Stroke Research Center of the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

Biosphere 2 was sealed and open only to sunlight. The structure had systems that provided water, food, air regeneration, and waste water recycling.

Inside Biosphere 2, a half-acre cropping area produced enough food to meet about 80 percent of the crew's nutritional needs, she said. Biosphere 2 also contained a rain forest, a million-gallon ocean with a coral reef, a desert, a savanna, a marsh, 3,800 species of plants and animals, as well as living quarters for the crew of four men and four women.

In future space travel such as a base on another planet, similar "biospheres" may be used that would have a closed environment open to energy from the sun. As with Biosphere 2, nothing but ambiant light could pass through the barrier, requiring the base to provide the atmosphere, water and nutrients to keep the operators of the base going.

About one fourth of the crew's time was spent on managing the agricultural fields. Food preparation took 12 percent of the crew's time and animal care took 9 percent of their time.

Silverstone spoke about the future research specifications for long-term missions, as well. The whole basic concept ha
'"/>

Contact: Robert Conn
rconn@wfubmc.edu
336-716-4587
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center
12-May-1998


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Southern Appalachian Man and the Biosphere (SAMAB) 14th Annual Conference
2. Scientists Trek to Africa for Biosphere-Atmosphere Chemistry Study
3. NCAR Scientists Trek To Africa For Biosphere-Atmosphere Chemistry Study
4. Lessons from abroad: United States trails Europe in dependence on renewable energy
5. Weird Creatures Have Some Lessons For Organ Transplants
6. USGS Scientists Learn Lessons From Captive Released Manatees
7. Applied Mathematical Models in Human Physiology
8. Dana-Farber launches Center for Applied Cancer Science
9. Applied Biosystems announces $250,000 grant program for SNP genotyping studies
10. Applied Biosystems announces enhancements to Celera Discovery System and new subscription model
11. Applied Biosystems announces SNPlex ultra high throughput genotyping system

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Biosphere Lessons Can Applied Space Former Crew Captain Says

(Date:10/16/2014)... can be cultivated efficiently, they are anything but ... by monoculture cultivation is becoming increasingly evident. Despite ... form and are regarded as the sole possibility ... quite wrongfully, finds Bernhard Schmid, an ecology professor ... novel form of agriculture and forestry. After all, ...
(Date:10/15/2014)... risk from strains of influenza virus increases with the ... become complacent that the most substantial threats have been ... pandemics arise when a new virus strain – against ... spreads in the human population. There have been five ... of which – the 1918 Spanish Flu – cost ...
(Date:10/15/2014)... Oct. 15, 2014 NXT-ID, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXTD ... focused on the growing mobile commerce market releases photos and video ... Square on Monday October 13 th . ... Tunnel and angel investor Mr. Chad A. Verdi ... of NXT-ID thanked his investors and employees "for their work and ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Plant communities produce greater yield than monocultures 2Plant communities produce greater yield than monocultures 3Scientists 'must not become complacent' when assessing pandemic threat from flu viruses 2Photo Release: NXT-ID Inc. Rings Opening Bell of the NASDAQ Stock Market October 13th 2Photo Release: NXT-ID Inc. Rings Opening Bell of the NASDAQ Stock Market October 13th 3
(Date:10/20/2014)... -- GenVec, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNVC ) today announced the ... board of directors effective on October 24, 2014.   Dr. Horovitz ... its chairman from June 2006 to November 2013.  During his ... and Audit Committees of the board.  "We ... service to GenVec, and its stockholders," said Wayne T. ...
(Date:10/20/2014)... Rochelle, Virginia (PRWEB) October 20, 2014 ... of NDA Partners LLC, announced today that Ellen ... and legal support for the pharmaceutical industry, has ... and manager of its legal services practice. ... reports and expert witness and testimony, to top ...
(Date:10/19/2014)... OCTOBER 20-22, 2014: The ... ABIM will take place at the Congress ... 2014 is now available at http://www.abim.ch ... and organizations from all over the globe ... the latest products and developments on the ...
(Date:10/19/2014)... Asian Automatic patient billing report defines and segments the ... The Automatic patient billing market in Asia is estimated ... a developing CAGR of 7.2% from 2013 to 2018. ... patient billing market, to get an idea of the ... the segmentation of this market in the same region, ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Zola P. Horovitz To Retire From GenVec Board 2NDA Partners Appoints Ellen Teplitzky, JD as Director of its Legal Services Practice 2The Asian Automatic patient billing market is estimated to grow to around $463.9 million by 2018 - New Report by MicroMarket Monitor 2The Asian Automatic patient billing market is estimated to grow to around $463.9 million by 2018 - New Report by MicroMarket Monitor 3
Cached News: