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Preventing a Mars Attack

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Science  27 Feb 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5355, pp. 1309
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5355.1309a

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Fears that the next rock to arrive from Mars could carry live martian microbes able to infect and decimate plants, animals, or people--however remote--are high on the agenda at NASA, which is preparing a $500 million mission that would bring about 0.5 kilogram of martian soil and rocks back to Earth in 2008. At the meeting, scientists and NASA officials outlined their plans for containing any unwelcome visitors lurking in martian samples.