National Aeronautics and Space Administration Planetary Protection Office

Workshop on Refining Planetary Protection Requirement for Human Missions

Cosponsor: COSPAR

Location & Dates:
October 25-27, 2016
Lunar Planetary Institute, Houston, TX

Final Documents

Objectives & Plan

The objective of this workshop is to continue working towards the development of a more detailed COSPAR Planetary Protection Policy for human missions, focusing on both the ultimate goal of human Mars missions and on more proximate destinations for humans along a pathway leading to Mars. This will be accomplished by reviewing and analyzing previously identified knowledge gaps associated with planetary protection needs for missions beyond Earth orbit, and by analyzing the gaps in relation to future human missions to Mars, the Earth’s Moon and an Asteroid. Our goal is to build on earlier workshops and analyses that led to the human exploration language in the current COSPAR Planetary Protection Policy. The specific questions addressed in this workshop are described in the following document: Workshop Objectives (docx).


Introductory Material