Doug Bedell — January 4, 2021, 11:37 am

Keeping the Cosmos Clean as Space Exploration Continues

Talk about the big picture – the White House National Space Council has released the National Strategy for Planetary Protection, which is aimed at protecting Earth and other planetary bodies from contamination resulting from space exploration:

“1. The United States should continue to lead the development of internationally accepted guidelines for avoiding harmful biological contamination that properly balance the interests of scientific discovery, human exploration, and commercial activities in space; and

“2. Avoiding harmful biological contamination of the Earth and other planetary bodies supports a safe, sustainable, and predictable Earth and space environment for the foreseeable future.”

This amounts to a policy on behalf of the cosmos of “Keep it clean guys, keep it clean.”

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