[meteorite-list] sterilizing that probe...!
From: stan . <laser_maniac_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu Apr 22 10:32:44 2004
Have all other groups sterilized previous martian landers? if not then the
planet has already been contaminated.
Whasnt it LDEF that came back home and much to scientists surprise
terrestrial organisms that werent removed from the structure (ie they were
NOT intended payloads) prior to launch had survived floating around exposed
space for quite some time, to be brough back home with the staellite when it
>From: "Rosemary Hackney" <ltcrose_at_bellsouth.net>
>To: "Dave Harris" <entropydave_at_ntlworld.com>,"metlist"
>Subject: Re: [meteorite-list] sterilizing that probe...!
>Date: Tue, 2 Mar 2004 01:16:14 -0600
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Dave Harris" <entropydave_at_ntlworld.com>
>To: "metlist" <meteorite-list_at_meteoritecentral.com>
>Sent: Tuesday, March 02, 2004 12:51 AM
>Subject: [meteorite-list] sterilizing that probe...!
> > Hi,
> > Somewhat off-topic I know but... I have been trying to figure out how
> > can sterilize these various Mars probes, knowing how tenacious life can
> > to be.
> > Surely NASA cannot be seen to contaminate the (potential) Martian
> > and there is a lot of hardware that needs to be quite literally 100%
> > sterile - otherwise, how would one know whether or not the signatures of
> > life that may be found were not terrestrial in origin?
> > How on Earth does one sterilize Mylar, for example?
> > Unknowledgebly yours
> > dave
> > IMCA #0092
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