“Avoiding Andromeda Strain” –NASA Identifies 25 Gaps in Our Knowledge to Guard Earth Against Alien Life & Biological Contamination”
One of the greatest fears of the world’s space is a real-life Andromeda Strain, the chilling movie about a US research satellite carrying a deadly extraterrestrial microscopic organism that crashes into a small town in Arizona. A group of top scientists are hurriedly assembled in a bid to identify and contain the lethal stowaway.
“The benefit of having humans in space is that they’re much more flexible than robots, but they could contaminate Mars with Earth life,” said Conley.
The NASA researchers identified 25 gaps in knowledge that fell into three major categories: monitoring microbes and human health; investigating how contaminants might travel to, from and on Mars; and technology and strategies for controlling contamination.