"Biosphere 2" $200 million dollar fiasco...

andrewmm

Joined Feb 25, 2011
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with things like the concrete absorbing o2, and giving out C02 or something,
the glass blocking the UV that bees needed to get direction, and other things out gassing and polluting

it was IMHO a great success in that it made clear just how hard it was to make a new earth.

Like conshell and sealab, they all lead to more understanding,

Wonder how the ISS or Mir would have looked without these,
 

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cmartinez

Joined Jan 17, 2007
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it was IMHO a great success in that it made clear just how hard it was to make a new earth.
yes... I think you're right... perhaps the experiment failed in its original goal, but I'm sure plenty of knowledge and understanding (both scientific and human) was learned... I truly hope that it becomes a case study for future endeavors ...
 

SamR

Joined Mar 19, 2019
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Lots of "Gotchas" in any large project. Trick is to learn from them (or try to pass them off as "features") and press on to completion. Highly complex projects being derailed by gotchas is indicative of poor planning (or poorly delineated project parameters) and execution. What kills careers and leads to finger-pointing are very expensive boondoggles. We had one contractor who was notorious for underbidding large fixed-price new construction projects because he knew he would make nice profits from change orders (which doesn't say much for our project proposals and budgeting).
 
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