When Biospheres Collide: A History of NASA's Planetary Protection Programs
by Michael Meltzer
Publisher: NASA 2011
Number of pages: 542
This book presents the history of planetary protection by tracing the responses to the microbiological contamination concerns on NASA's missions to the Moon, Mars, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and many smaller bodies of our solar system.
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