National Aeronautics and Space Administration Planetary Protection Office

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The following document summaries were prepared by Margaret Race, Ph.D., Principal Investigator, SETI Institute. In each category, reports are listed alphabetically by title. Links are provided for reports available online.

NASA Reports on Lunar Sample Handling

NASA Reports Relating to Mars Sample Return and Handling

Reports of the Space Studies Board of the National Research Council, Relating to Planetary Protection

Miscellaneous Reports Relating to Planetary Protection