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1 Author(s)
Ying Lin ; Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Technol., Pasadena, CA, USA

The objectives of the NASA Planetary Protection program are to preserve biological and organic conditions of solar-system bodies for future scientific exploration and to protect the Earth from potential hazardous extraterrestrial contamination. As the exploration of solar system continues, NASA remains committed to the implementation of planetary protection policy and regulations. To fulfill this commitment, the Mars Technology Program (MTP) has invested in a portfolio of tasks for developing necessary technologies to meet planetary protection requirements for the next decade missions. In this paper, we will give an overview of the task objectives, current technical progress, and future directions

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2006 IEEE Aerospace Conference

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