New Report on Bioburden Requirements for Mars
National Academies report identifies new approach for some Mars missions
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) of the United States has released a new report that outlines suggested criteria for robotic missions to Mars. The report identifies certain locations where less restrictive ‘bioburden’ requirements could be implemented for future missions. Such restrictions are in place for planetary protection reasons: to prevent the unintentional transport of microorganisms from Earth to Mars.
The study was sponsored by NASA and undertaken by the NASEM Committee on Planetary Protection. An article discussing the study’s results is available from the NASEM website by clicking here.
The report, Evaluation of Bioburden Requirements for Mars Missions (2021) is available from the National Academies at: https://www.nap.edu/catalog/26336/report-series-committee-on-planetary-protection-evaluation-of-bioburden-requirements.