[meteorite-list] sterilizing that probe...!
From: mark ford <markf_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu Apr 22 10:32:45 2004
Ethylene Oxide was rejected as a viable sterilization method on the
Viking lander missions, so am I right in assuming they (NASA) have
changed that idea?
(It's just that they found viable microorganisms after treating with
From: stan . [mailto:laser_maniac_at_hotmail.com]=20
Sent: 02 March 2004 08:05
Subject: Re: [meteorite-list] sterilizing that probe...!
Have all other groups sterilized previous martian landers? if not then
planet has already been contaminated.
Whasnt it LDEF that came back home and much to scientists surprise=20
terrestrial organisms that werent removed from the structure (ie they
NOT intended payloads) prior to launch had survived floating around
space for quite some time, to be brough back home with the staellite
>From: "Rosemary Hackney" <ltcrose_at_bellsouth.net>
>To: "Dave Harris" <entropydave_at_ntlworld.com>,"metlist"=20
>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
> > can sterilize these various Mars probes, knowing how tenacious life
> > 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
> > sterile - otherwise, how would one know whether or not the
> > 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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