Rules guarding other planets from contamination may be too strict

As more missions target the moon, Mars and other places, scientists want to update guidelines

solar system illustration

Given what we know now about solar system bodies like the moon and Mars, future space missions may not need to abide by the same, strict planetary protection guidelines currently used, scientists say.

NASA

This article is only available to Science News subscribers.

Subscribers, enter your e-mail address to access our archives.

Not a subscriber?

Science News is a nonprofit.

Support us by subscribing now.

More Stories from Science News on Space

From the Nature Index

Paid Content