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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…


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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