April 9, 1994 |
John P. Allen, the creator of Biosphere 2, resigned Friday from the embattled environmental project that last week was placed in the hands of a court-appointed receiver in a dispute over control. Allen cited his "deepest concern at the situation occurring at (the) Biosphere 2 site and the implications concerning people, ecosystems and total system" in his resignation as a vice president of Space Biospheres Ventures, the company that operates Biosphere 2.
April 2, 1994 |
In the red desert north of Tucson, off-duty federal marshals acting on behalf of Texas billionaire Edward P. Bass seized the Biosphere 2 project Friday, ousting the managers who conceived and constructed the $150-million, state-of-the-art surrogate planet. "This is not an April Fool's joke," Biosphere public affairs director Chris Helms said. "It is a management dispute."
May 1, 1994 |
Biosphere 2's financial backer has taken control of the environmental project under a settlement of a lawsuit that questioned the project's management. Texas billionaire Ed Bass sued last month, and the agreement was announced Friday. It requires court approval, and a court receiver will continue to run the project until then. The $150-million project seeks to replicate the Earth's environment inside a glass-and-metal dome.
March 23, 1987 |
Biosphere II is only the latest business venture that has captivated the imagination of Edward P. Bass, a wealthy Texan. In addition to a 300,000-acre horse and cattle ranch in Australia, a London art gallery and publishing company, and an earthquake-proof Katmandu hotel, Bass also owns Fort Worth's Caravan of Dreams, a $5-million complex containing a blues and jazz nightclub, a 220-seat theater, a book shop, an art gallery, restaurants and a karate studio.
March 9, 1989 |
A marine biologist has begun a five-day sojourn in a sealed environment that generates its own air and rain, part of an experiment that creators say may work as well on distant planets as in the Arizona desert. Abigale Alling entered the unnamed module through an air lock Wednesday, abandoning Earth's atmosphere for one created to test the systems of Biosphere II, a futuristic, closed ecosystem which won't be completed for about 15 months.
September 27, 1991 |
Eight scientists Thursday were locked into a sealed environment where they plan to stay until 1993, saying they dream of a future when humans will become "custodians of our world." The biospherians, as they like to call themselves, donned colorful astronaut-style costumes Wednesday as they celebrated their last day of freedom. On Thursday, wearing futuristic black uniforms, they smiled and waved to onlookers and were sealed inside a 3.15-acre geodesic-framed compound called Biosphere II.