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The microbiology of spacecraft hardware: Lessons learned from the planetary protection activities on the Beagle 2 spacecraft

Pillinger, Judith M.; Pillinger, C.T.; Sancisi-Frey, S. and Spry, J.A. (2006). The microbiology of spacecraft hardware: Lessons learned from the planetary protection activities on the Beagle 2 spacecraft. Research in Microbiology, 157(1) pp. 19–24.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.resmic.2005.08.006
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Abstract

We consider the aseptic assembly of the Beagle 2 Mars probe and how the requirements of COSPAR planetary protection category IVa were achieved. Several areas for future investigation became apparent. An ESA mission is outlined in which a microbial bioburden is recovered after Earth orbit to assess viability following re-entry through the atmosphere.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 1769-7123
Keywords: Beagle 2; Mars; Planetary protection; ESA; Bioburden
Academic Unit/Department: Science > Physical Sciences
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research (CEPSAR)
Item ID: 6958
Depositing User: Users 13 not found.
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2007
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2010 19:57
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/6958
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