New understanding about the environment on Mars and the ability of living organisms to survive in extreme conditions means NASA should develop new ways to sterilize landers bound for the Red Planet. Otherwise, says an expert panel of the National Academies' National Research Council, there is a chance Earth-born life could contaminate Mars and complicate future attempts to detect native life there. "Ongoing Mars missions have shown that the planet may have environments where some Earth ...


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