Efforts to prevent terrestrial contamination of ice-covered solar system bodies with the potential to harbor life or its biological precursors deserve an overhaul, according to a new National Research Council (NRC) assessment of the current contamination odds-making as well as the science and technology gaps. The planetary protection revisions recommended by a 13-member panel are intended to improve planning for future missions to bodies with evidence of icy crusts that overlay ...


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