Assessment of Planetary Protection Requirements for Mars Sample Return Missions

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NASA maintains a planetary protection policy to avoid the forward biological contamination of other worlds by terrestrial organisms, and back biological contamination of Earth from the return of extraterrestrial materials by spaceflight missions. Forward-contamination issues related to Mars missions were addressed in a 2006 National Research Council (NRC) book, Preventing the Forward Contamination of Mars. However, it has been more than 10 years since back-contamination issues were last examined. Driven by a renewed ...

Assessment of Planetary Protection Requirements for Mars Sample Return Missions 2009, National Academies Press, Washington, D.C.

ISBN-13: 9780309130738

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