NASA must rework the planetary protection plans

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NASA rules, which governs the potential spread of the earthly microbes to the other planets, as well as the potential return of the alien life back to earth, are usually anachronistic as well as require broad thinking, and this is according to the reports that were released by independent agency advisory panel. The planetary protection remains a worthy goal, the report does emphasize. However, most of the ways, it gets to be implemented, that dates back to the rules that were created at the beginning of space-age, have driven the costly as well as sometimes questionable efforts and don’t make sense given the current scientific knowledge. This has been said by Alan Stern, who is a planetary scientist from Southwest Research Institute that is situated in Boulder, Colorado, who went on to lead a 12 member panel reviewing NASA’s efforts. 

Allan went on to add that they want to move from the 1960s to-70s point of view that Mars was being treated in one particular way. Currently, the planetary surfaces are a bit more nuanced than that, he went on to add. Concerns over the planetary protection have been seen NASA make some great efforts to be able to prevent the microbes from going to space. It does have Martian robots that are assembled in the cleanrooms, with very many components backed in the ovens or doused in the chemicals. Popularly, its Viking landers for the Mars in 1970s got to be baked in the purpose-built ovens.  Well, these protections have often been a bit costly and in view of some well-experienced scientists overly burdensome. 

The new report seems to share this view. For instance, NASA should be able to move beyond the rigid use of the spore counts that can only tally the microbes which can be grown in the laboratory, to be able to determine life inhabiting its spacecraft, this report went on to add. The modern techniques which use the genomic sequencing to be able to monitor the cleanrooms which are available and these can easily e combined with the probabilistic risk analyses of either the harmful contamination of other world will be likely. NASA should also re-strategize as well as rethink how it does classify the surfaces of the moon as well as Mars, this report added. All of the Moon is currently classified as potentially of interest to research on origins of life, meaning that NASA does not want to contaminate it with the imports on Earth. 

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