Planetary protection

How to Prevent our Spacecraft From Contaminating Mars

A new report by the National Academies of Sciences highlights the importance of planetary protection for future missions destined for…

5 days ago

If There’s Subsurface Water Across Mars, Where is it Safe to Land to Avoid Contamination?

If Mars is a potential home for alien life, can we land safely anywhere on the surface without introducing contamination…

11 months ago

Earth Life Probably Can’t Spread to Mars Today

New research says life from Earth isn't likely to ever survive on Mars, which is good news as far as…

1 year ago

A NASA Panel Says We Don’t Need to be so Careful About Infecting Other Worlds

It's time to update the rules. That's the conclusion of a panel that examined NASA's rules for planetary protection. It…

2 years ago

Astronomy Cast Ep. 514: Planetary Protection Protocols

As we send rovers and landers to other worlds, we have to think about the tiny microbial astronauts we're sending…

3 years ago

Seeding the Milky Way with Life Using Genesis Missions

Claudius Gros, the founder of Project Genesis, makes the case that when it comes to extrasolar planets, the rules of…

3 years ago

How Do You Stop A Spacecraft Microbe From Attacking Mars?

When you have a Mars mission that is designed to search for life or life-friendly environments, it would be several…

8 years ago

Curiosity and the Issue of Planetary Protection

Curiosity at Centre of Attention During Testing Image Credit: NASA /JPL - Caltech There have been many reports about the…

9 years ago