Talks underway for world’s first alien life form facility in Europe

Talks underway for world’s first alien life form facility in Europe

The world’s first alien life form containment facility is under discussion in Europe as the European Space Agency (ESA) looks at ways to bring a sample back to earth from Mars. ESA’s ExoMars orbiter should reach Mars in October as part of a two-stage joint mission with Russia’s space agency Roscosmos, to investigate whether methane in the planet’s atmosphere could be a sign of life, and to lay the foundations for a possible sample return mission in the 2020s. ESA’s ExoMars orbiter should reach Mars in October as part of a two-stage joint mission with Russia’s space agency Roscosmos, to investigate whether methane in the planet’s atmosphere could be a sign of life, and to lay the foundations for a possible sample return mission in the 2020s. ‘We have to have a plan for if there are life forms,’ said Professor Sara Russell from London’s Natural History Museum in the UK. She is coordinating a research project called EURO-CARES which is developing the potential blueprints for the European Sample Curation Facility, as well as transport and re-entry plans for the samples. ‘The chances of us bringing back bugs from Mars is actually very small, but obviously, we have to assume the worst and plan for that,’ she said. It will be designed to eliminate any chance of a potential life form getting loose and contaminating our ecosystems on earth. The question is, what should researchers do if they find life in the Martian sample. Read More: Horizon Magazine
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