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Protection Policies

The issues involved in planetary protection are similar to those associated with environmental and health policies. Just as there are rules and laws about moving certain types of organisms from one place to another on Earth, so it is with space exploration. But there is a difference. On Earth, those regulations are intended to prevent the spread of serious disease-causing microbes (e.g., HIV/AIDs, tuberculosis, or Dutch Elm disease) or limit the movement of invasive pests (e.g., Medflies, gypsy moths, zebra mussels, kudzu vine, or water hyancinth). In space exploration, the issues are the same, although the existence of extraterrestrial organisms is unknown. Nonetheless, in space exploration there are domestic and international policies to regulate spacecraft and mission activities before launch and upon return to Earth.

President Richard Nixon greets the successful Apollo 11 astronauts who, upon their return from the Moon, were placed inside a hermetically sealed trailer to prevent possible cross-contamination. President Richard Nixon greets the successful Apollo 11 astronauts who, upon their return from the Moon, were placed inside...

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