NASA unveils new rules to protect the moon and Mars from Earth germs

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NASA released two new NASA Interim Directives which aim to implement planetary protection measures for the moon and Mars on July 9, 2020. (Image credit: NASA)

NASA has unveiled new policies to protect the moon and Mars (and Earth) from contamination as human spaceflight advances.

“The agency released two NASA Interim Directives (NIDs) today (July 9) that detail new requirements for human and robotic missions traveling to and from the moon and Mars. These directives were enacted to protect the planetary bodies from any possible biological contamination that could originate on Earth and ultimately interfere with scientific research (or additionally, in the case of Mars, to also prevent any possible biological material from being brought home to Earth.)” Reported by Space.com

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