Bolden Planetary Protection
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Bolden Planetary Protection

October 2, 2012
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, second from left, and Kennedy Space Center Director Robert Cabana, second from right, look on as James Benardini right, explains some of the technology that went in to the mars rover Curiosity during a tour of NASA's Planetary Protection Laboratory, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011, at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Planetary protection technologies are for cleaning and sterilizing spacecraft and handling soil, rock, and atmospheric samples. Samples collected are used to analyze planetary protection technologies for cleaning and sterilizing spacecraft like the mars rover Curiosity. The primary strategy for preventing the transportation of Earth organisms to Mars is to be sure that the hardware intended to reach the planet is clean. Engineer Fabian Morales is at left. Photo Credit: (NASA/Paul E. Alers)

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