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: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.resmic.2005.08.006

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.

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