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Planetary Protection on Mars: Salty Water, Aquifers and Life?

May 5, 2015

Orbiting spacecraft of Mars have imaged over the past several years dark, finger-like features – now called “recurring slope lineae” – or RSL for Martian short-hand. These dark flows have been observed at low and middle latitudes on Mars. RSL’s are a type of feature that creep down some Martian slopes in warmer months and…

Source: www.leonarddavid.com

It looks like there is water on the surface of Mars. If there is, and it contains Mars-life, what should our robot rovers do? Might they contaminate it with Earth microbes? If they do, so what?

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