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5 Working Definition of Planetary Protection
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... and adopted by NASA: Planetary protection involves at least three fundamental activities -- policy formulation, policy implementation, and compliance and validation. It encompasses those goals, rationales, policies, processes, and substantive requirements that are intended to ensure that any interplanetary space mission does not compromise the target body for a current or future scientific investigation and does not pose an unacceptable risk to Earth (in the case, for example, of sample return missions)

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