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Worker Falls to Death on Biosphere Project

January 18, 1990

ORACLE, Ariz. (AP) _ A glazier working on the Biosphere II project fell to his death Thursday, the first of any accidents on the $30 million habitat experiment.

Kathleen Dyhr, a spokeswoman for N.H. Ulmer Inc. contractors of Tucson, said Joseph Wayne Arrington, 36, of Catalina, Ariz., was installing glass panes on a 65-foot-high, steel-and-glass ″space frame″ when he slipped.

The frame will enclose the 2-acre project, in which eight people plan to spend two years cut off from Earth’s atmosphere. They will depend for food, water and oxygen on natural recycling after construction is finished in September.

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