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NASA reveals how to retrieve a piece of Mars

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micahc

how do they know they will not bring back some dormant microbe or virus?

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Piney
18 minutes ago, micahc said:

how do they know they will not bring back some dormant microbe or virus?

They take all the precautions to prevent cross contamination. 

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Saru
1 hour ago, micahc said:

how do they know they will not bring back some dormant microbe or virus?

I believe there are plans to quarantine the samples once they are on Earth.

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Sir Smoke aLot
3 hours ago, micahc said:

how do they know they will not bring back some dormant microbe or virus?

As i know the Earth had decent number of Mars rocks getting in the atmosphere and some partly survived and hit the ground so there is no need to be concerned about microbes because - if they exist - they are already in the food chain here :D 

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Waspie_Dwarf
43 minutes ago, Sir Smoke aLot said:

As i know the Earth had decent number of Mars rocks getting in the atmosphere and some partly survived and hit the ground so there is no need to be concerned about microbes because - if they exist - they are already in the food chain here :D 

There is a big difference between a fresh rock that has been carefully retrieved from the surface of Mars and one that has been blasted into interplanetary space by a huge impact, spent several million years being alternately backed and frozen and then superheated as it enters the Earth's atmosphere. 

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Sir Smoke aLot
2 hours ago, Waspie_Dwarf said:

There is a big difference between a fresh rock that has been carefully retrieved from the surface of Mars and one that has been blasted into interplanetary space by a huge impact, spent several million years being alternately backed and frozen and then superheated as it enters the Earth's atmosphere. 

Something might survive all of that but yeah, there is much more to it as you say.

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tmcom

Least they cannot botch up the microbe content with a sly of hand oven experiment.

B)

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