A NASA-established review board has made recommendations on preventing inter-contamination between Earth and other planets within the solar system. The space agency said FridayÂ that its Planetary Protection Independent Review Board producedÂ 43 recommendations and 34 findings that are included in aÂ recent NASA report.
The 12-member PPIRBÂ aims to addressÂ new solar system missions, the Artemis manned exploration program and the rise in number of extraplanetary samples being delivered to Earth. Alan Stern, a planetary scientist, chairs the board. He has made contributions to NASA’s solar system exploration efforts including those involving Pluto.
âWe want to be prepared in this new environment with thoughtful and practical policies that enable scientific discoveries and preserve the integrity of our planet and the places weâre visiting,” saidÂ Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASAâs Science Mission Directorate.
The space agency intends to discuss PPIRB’s Board Reports recommendations with stakeholders and partners from across the globe.