Ep. 514: Planetary Protection Protocols

Posted on Jan 15, 2019 in Missions, Planets, podcast, Uncategorized | 0 comments


As we send rovers and landers to other worlds, we have to think about the tiny microbial astronauts we’re sending along with us. In fact, NASA is so concerned about infecting other worlds that it has established the planetary protection protocols. Just to be safe.

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Show Notes

What is Planetary Protection? 

Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) Recommendations and Categories

Mars is the world we are most concerned about at this point – it has the strictest protocols. Enceladus and Europa are also being upgraded as missions are being considered and planned.

United Nations Outer Space Treaty

interplanetary contamination –Forward contamination is the transfer of viable organisms from Earth to another celestial body. Back contamination is the transfer of extraterrestrial organisms, if such exist, back to the Earth’s biosphere.

NASA Office of Planetary Protection

Decontamination Procedures commonly used

Mars 2020 mission prep

Polyextremophiles 

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