Prof. Gitelson was director and chief scientist of the Institute of Biophysics in Krasnoyarsk, where he also co-conducted closed ecosystem experiments like BIOS-3.
The improvised interview was recorded by Ralo Mayer in October 2015 on the side of at the 66th International Astronautical Congress in Jerusalem, where Prof. Gitelson (and other members of the Institute of Biophysics) had presented their work.
- Vladimir Vernadsky and the relevance of his concepts of biosphere and noosphere for today’s world (i.e. the Anthropocene)
- follow-up projects after BIOS-3, the effects of the Soviet collapse and the importance of fundamental science
- his relation to Biosphere 2 and its founders
- his thoughts on our future in space, through both robotic and crewed missions