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Webinar: Evaluation of Bioburden Requirements for Mars Missions – New Report

Date: Thursday, October 7, 2021

Location: US,

Missions to the surface of Mars must meet strict planetary protection requirements to reduce the amount of biological contamination transported from Earth to Mars. These policies are important for preserving the integrity of experiments searching for life on other planets.

However, with a growing number of missions to Mars, including potential human missions, it is important to consider whether some planetary exploration activities could pose less contamination risk than others. At the request of NASA, a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine identifies criteria for determining whether missions to certain areas of Mars could be subject to less stringent bioburden requirements.

There will be a public briefing webinar on Thursday, Oct. 7, from 2 p.m.-3 p.m. EDT, during which members of the committee will discuss their findings and conclusions, and take questions from the public. Register to attend the webinar at

Advance copies of Evaluation of Bioburden Requirements for Mars Missions will be available to reporters only beginning at 2 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Oct. 6. The report is embargoed and not for public release before 2 p.m. EDT Thursday, Oct. 7.

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