|Planetary protection on international waters: An onboard protocol for capsule retrieval and biosafety control in sample return mission|Takano, Y.; Yano, H.; Sekine, Y.; Funase, R.; Takai, K. (2014). Planetary protection on international waters: An onboard protocol for capsule retrieval and biosafety control in sample return mission. Adv. Space Res. 53(7): 1135–1142. hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.asr.2013.12.041
In: Advances in Space Research. Pergamon: Oxford. ISSN 0273-1177, more
International waters; Marine
Planetary protection; Onboard protocols; Ongoing chemical evolution; Unexplored biosphere
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- Takano, Y.
- Yano, H.
- Sekine, Y.
Planetary protection has been recognized as one of the most important issues in sample return missions that may host certain living forms and biotic signatures in a returned sample. This paper proposes an initiative of sample capsule retrieval and onboard biosafety protocol in international waters for future biological and organic constituent missions to bring samples from possible habitable bodies in the solar system. We suggest the advantages of international waters being outside of national jurisdiction and active regions of human and traffic affairs on the condition that we accept the Outer Space Treaty. The scheme of onboard biological quarantine definitely reduces the potential risk of back-contamination of extraterrestrial materials to the Earth.