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Author National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on the Review of Planetary Protection Requirements for Mars Sample Return Missions.

Title Assessment of planetary protection requirements for Mars sample return missions / Committee on the Review of Planetary Protection Requirements for Mars Sample Return Missions ; Space Studies Board ; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences ; National Research Council of the National Academies
Published Washington, D.C. : National Academies Press, ©2009

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Description 1 online resource (x, 80 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Contents Summary -- Introduction -- The potential for past or present habitable environments on Mars -- Advances in microbial ecology -- The potential for finding biosignatures in returned Martian samples -- The potential for large-scale effects -- Sample containment and biohazard evaluation -- Sample-receiving facility and program oversight -- Appendixes. A: Letter of request from NASA ; B: Committee and staff biographical information
Summary "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 interest in Mars sample return missions, this book reviews, updates, and replaces the planetary protection conclusions and recommendations contained in the NRC's 1997 report Mars Sample Return: Issues and Recommendations. The specific issues addressed in this book include the following: the potential for living entities to be included in samples returned from Mars; scientific investigations that should be conducted to reduce uncertainty in the above assessment; the potential for large-scale effects on Earth's environment by any returned entity released to the environment; criteria for intentional sample release, taking note of current and anticipated regulatory frameworks; and the status of technological measures that could be taken on a mission to prevent the inadvertent release of a returned sample into Earth's biosphere."--Publisher's description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Online resource; title from e-book title screen (EbscoHost platform, viewed October 1, 2015)
Subject Space flight to Mars -- Planning
Space microbiology.
Mars surface samples.
Microbial contamination -- Prevention
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING -- Aeronautics & Astronautics.
Planets -- Exploration
Mars surface samples
Microbial contamination -- Prevention
Space microbiology
SUBJECT Mars (Planet) -- Exploration. http://id.loc.gov/authorities/subjects/sh85081553
Subject Mars (Planet)
Form Electronic book
Author National Research Council (U.S.). Space Studies Board.
National Research Council (U.S.). Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences.
ISBN 9780309130745
0309130743
Other Titles Mars sample return missions