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NASA to Discuss Planetary Protection Review's Findings and Recommendations
[October 16, 2019]

NASA to Discuss Planetary Protection Review's Findings and Recommendations

WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA will host a media teleconference at 3:30 p.m. EDT Friday, Oct. 18, to discuss recommendations presented by the Planetary Protection Independent Review Board (PPIRB), established in June 2019 by Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for the agency's Science Mission Directorate.

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Audio of the teleconference will be streamed live on NASA's website.

The PPIRB, comprised of a high-level team of 12 experts and stakeholders from science, engineering, and industry, examined the planetary protection guidelines the agency has used for decades in order to suggest changes needed to address the changing reality of space exploration. Planetary Protection is the practice of protecting solar system bodies from contamination by Earth life and protecting Earth from possible life forms that may be returned from other solar system bodies.

The teleconference will provide an overview of the board's 34 fidings, and 43 recommendations.

The briefing participants are:

To participate in the teleconference, media must contact Alana Johnson at 202-358-1501 or by 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, for dial-in information.

A report with the board's findings will be posted by 11 a.m. on Oct. 18, on the agency's website.

Learn more about NASA's Office of Planetary Protection at:

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