National Aeronautics and Space Administration Planetary Protection Office

Workshop on Planetary Protection Knowledge Gaps for Human Extraterrestrial Missions

Cosponsor: NASA Human Exploration and Operations

Final Documents

Location & Dates

Premise, Objectives, & Goal

While planetary protection requirements are in place for robotic missions, there is presently insufficient scientific and technological knowledge to establish effective quantitative requirements for the development of crewed spacecraft and missions. To prepare for such future missions, NASA created the NASA Policy on Planetary Protection Requirements for Human Extraterrestrial Missions (NPI 8020.7) that outlines the need to increase knowledge in the following study areas while iteratively developing an appropriate set of requirements:

The goal of this workshop was to capture the current state of knowledge in the aforementioned areas and identify additional research to appropriately inform planetary protection requirements development for the human exploration of Mars.


Presentations, Abstracts, & Video

Introductory Material

Microbial and Human Health Monitoring Session

Technology and Operations for Contamination Control Session

Natural Transport of Contamination on Mars Session

Workshop Breakout Sessions

Workshop Attendee Points-of-Contact

To encourage continued and future collaboration regarding planetary protection and the human exploration of Mars, the following list of workshop attendees volunteered to make their contact information available: