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    Excellent article Nesta. I do agree that precaution should be taken to minimise the potential of contamination of other planets/moons, and vice versa with Earth. However, with our ambition to colonise Mars this won't be possible, especially as we aim to seed the planet and terraform it to a new earth (one day).
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    Indeed, if our goal is to spread out from Earth and into the galaxy, these kinds of protocols are rendered moot, since we will be changing where we live anyway.
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    Even if there were bacterial spores that could seed terrestrial life on the red planet, we'd probably be able to tell by location and some algorithm whether or not we brought them.

    It's interesting that the vehicles are forbidden from venturing into potentially watery areas where life might exist haha it reminds me of Q and Picard's goo.



    It's true that it's impossible to know for sure that space vehicles or astronauts wouldn't "infect" Mars, even though I see that the Martian climate would probably kill anything terrestrial.

    I don't like the idea of going to Phobos because we'd have to build a structure there and avoid ever landing on Mars. If we're just going to Phobos to look at Mars through a telescope, we might as well stay home.

    As far as being "ready," in which regard? As a people, we're ready to see what's over the horizon. Tech wise, there's still too many things that could go wrong and we could lose the whole team easy.

    When we first came to the New World, even with all our tech and experience on our own planet, we still crashed, murdered people, were kidnapped, and spread disease. We lost entire colonies of people that first landed in North America. I see that happening again with Mars.

    Then again, with all those dangers, the possibilities, the potential, for knowledge and advancement is equally great.

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