The 43 metal tubes stored in the stomach of NASA’s diligent rover are designed to carry the first prototypes from Mars to Earth.
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NASA’s Director of Planetary Science Lori Classe says: “We hope that models from Mars will provide new insights for decades to come as we study them with sophisticated laboratory equipment that cannot be brought to Mars. Now.
While many researchers see the opportunity to analyze rocks from the surface of Mars as the greatest advancement in science, some fear that the microscopic life forms coming from the Red Planet could sustain a deadly epidemic that is not enough to deal with humanity.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICAMSR), a small group of scientists, has issued a warning against any return model.
Barry Tigricorio, team leader, says any sample should only be brought to the moon, where any pathogens can be identified and isolated.
He says samples from Mars should be analyzed at the proposed lunar gate space station, where we can analyze at a safe distance without the risk of releasing an immunocompromised alien infection.
“This is the only way to ensure 100% security of the Earth’s biosphere,” says Tigricorio.
Famous astronomer Carl Sagan, who wrote in 1973, quoted: “Mars has a vast potential biological environment, and there are pathogens and organisms on Mars that can cause enormous biological damage if they are carried into the Earth’s environment. “A Mars Plague”.
The current plan is to collect sample tubes of perseverance in a mission to begin in 2026. “Perseverance is the first stage of the first round trip to another planet,” said Wanda Peters of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate.
Inactive specimens in the Utah desert will be shot toward Earth within ten years. But even if the return pot is designed to withstand massive impact, things can go wrong.
In 2004, the return phase of NASA’s Genesis study was designed to collect samples of particles from the sun’s wind and design them back to Earth for analysis when it crashed in the Utah desert because its parachute did not open.
But there may be an alternative: “Leaving orbit samples in a stable orbit around Mars is one of the many possible alternative strategies since the launch of samples from the surface of Mars,” the European Space Agency report said.
“The return of virgin specimens from Mars to Earth has been a goal for many generations of planetary scientists,” says NASA.
But Dr. Gilbert Levine, an engineer who investigated NASA’s Viking landing mission, said: “Even if a safe Mars model return container is made and brought to Earth, there is a good probability Part of the model is leaking From the ‘safe’ laboratory where the container is opened. “
The Told the Daily Star He said there was a “real chance” of microbes on the Red Planet, and that bringing these tiny creatures to Earth could cause a catastrophic epidemic.