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Design and practices for use of automated drilling and sample handling in MARTE while minimizing terrestrial and cross contamination

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Type
Published Article
Journal
International Journal of Astrobiology
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Publication Date
Sep 30, 2008
Volume
8
Issue
5
Pages
947–965
Source
SETI Institute
License
Unknown

Abstract

Mars Astrobiology Research and Technology Experiment (MARTE) investigators used an automated drill and sample processing hardware to detect and categorize life-forms found in subsurface rock at Río Tinto, Spain. For the science to be successful, it was necessary for the biomass from other sources-whether from previously processed samples (cross contamination) or the terrestrial environment (forward contamination)-to be insignificant. The hardware and practices used in MARTE were designed around this ...

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