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Today’s Deep Space Extra

8 Oct 2021, 15:12 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… New National Academies report evaluates planetary protection approach. The DART mission spacecraft heads to Vandenberg Space Force Base for its November launch.

Space ScienceNot all Mars spacecraft might need such deep cleaning, scientists findSpace.com (10/7): A report from the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine released on Thursday concludes that Mars missions many not have to undergo stringent planetary protection measures in order to avoid contaminating the Red Planet with Earthly life forms. Planetary protection strategies are intended to prevent terrestrial contamination from interfering with efforts to answer the question of whether life arose independently on Mars.
NASA rover confirms gigantic Martian crater used to be a lakeFuturism.com (10/7): An MIT-led study has confirmed that NASA’s Perseverance Mars 2020 rover touched down in a former crater lake on Mars. Perseverance has been exploring Jezero Crater since touching down on February 18, 2021, where water flowed about 3.7 billion years ago. The rover is gathering and caching samples of Mars soil and rock in the region for eventual return to Earth aboard a follow-on NASA/European Space Agency (ESA) Mars Sample Return mission. Scientists are hopeful a sample analysis will determine whether Mars was ...

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