Updated: NASA Updates Planetary Protection Policies

Updated: NASA Updates Planetary Protection Policies

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Earth, Moon and Mars

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NASA released two NASA Interim Directives (NIDs) updating the agency’s requirements for robotic and human missions traveling to the Earth’s Moon and human missions traveling to Mars. The first, NID 8715.128,  addresses the control of forward terrestrial biological contamination associated with all NASA and NASA-affiliated missions intended to land, orbit, or otherwise encounter the Moon. The second directive released, NID 8715.129, supports a historic human mission to Mars.