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The following online news articles present discussions relevant to various aspects of planetary protection. While all attempts are made to verify the links to the articles, NASA is not responsible in the event that an article is no longer maintained in an archive. Note that some online services require registration before their archives can be searched, and may additionally require payment to retrieve an archived article.

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Philae Spacecraft Landed 3 Times on Speeding Comet: See Its First Photos
Space.com, November 13, 2014

Elated scientists show off latest pics from historic Rosetta comet mission
CNN.com, November 13, 2014

Philae lander successfully touches down on comet in historic cosmic achievement
PBS.org, November 12, 2014

MAVEN uses special radio to relay data from Curiosity Mars rover
Gizmag.com, November 10, 2014

Mars rover Curiosity finds first mineral match: Oxidation in sample suggests energy source for microbes
Techtimes.com, November 7, 2014

To Europa! Mission to Jupiter’s Moon Gains Support in Congress
Space.com, November 5, 2014

Ebola Outbreak May Hold Lessons for Handling Samples from Mars
Space.com, October 30, 2014

Mars spacecraft moved as comet nears red planet
KDVR.com, October 17, 2014

ESA’s Rosetta Mission sets November 12th as the Landing Date for Philae
UniverseToday.com, September 27, 2014

MAVEN spacecraft and Indian orbiter deliver first images of Mars
LA Times, September 25, 2014

Mangalyaan enters Maritan Orbit: Narendra Modi says we have achieved the near impossible
India.com, September 24, 2014

NASA’s Maven Spacecraft Enters Mars Orbit
Wall Street Journal, September 22, 2014

NASA’s MESSENGER Spacecraft Headed For Mercury Impact
Forbes, September 22, 2014

Microbes thrive below Antarctic ice. A hint of life elsewhere in solar system?
Christian Science Monitor, August 20, 2014

Curiosity Reverses Back from Martian Valley of Slippery Sand and Finds Fourth Rock Drilling Candidate at ‘Bonanza King’
UniverseToday.com, August 16, 2014

NASA’s Stardust Probe May Have Nabbed Dust From Interstellar Space
Huffington Post, August 14, 2014

Rosetta probe poised to touch and taste a comet
New Scientist, August 14, 2014

Europe’s Rosetta Spacecraft Makes Historic Arrival at Comet
Space.com, August 6, 2014

NASA Announces Mars 2020 Rover Payload
Space Coast Daily, August 4, 2014

NASA’s Rosetta…Preparations To Parallel Park Alongside A Comet…First Communications To Earth…
Satnews, June 11, 2014

Extreme checklist to look for odd life on other worlds
New Scientist, June 9, 2014

Kate Becker: Testing the limits of survival in space
Daily Camera, May 15, 2014

Why Earth’s Spores Could Survive A Trip to Mars
UniverseToday.com, May 12, 2014

NASA Research: Microbes from Earth Could Invade Mars Before Humans
Latin Post, May 3, 2014

RIP LADEE: NASA Moon Probe Crashes Into Lunar Surface
Space.com, April 18, 2014

NASA’s LADEE lunar explorer crashes into moon, as planned
CBS News, April 18, 2014

Icebreaking Mars
Astrobiology Magazine, April 17, 2014

Mars Orbiter Spacecraft Crosses Half Way Mark of its Journey
Indian Space Research Organization press release, April 9, 2014

100 Days of MOM – India’s 1st Mars Mission Streaking to Red Planet Rendezvous
UniverseToday.com, Feb. 16, 2014

China’s Yutu Moon Rover Alive and Awake for 3rd Lunar Day of Exploration despite Malfunction
UniverseToday.com, Feb. 13, 2014

Science Instruments Perfect as NASA’s MAVEN Orbiter Speeds to Red Planet
UniverseToday.com, Feb. 11, 2014

Water could be flowing on Mars now
CNN.com, Feb. 10, 2014

NASA Extends LADEE Dust Explorer for Bonus Lunar Science
UniverseToday.com, Feb. 4, 2014

Planetary Protection: Preventing Microbial Hitchhiking
Astrobiology Web, Jan. 24, 2014

Jupiter Moon Europa May Have Water Geysers Taller Than Everest
Space.com, Dec. 12, 2013

China’s lunar probe to land on moon next month
Xinhuanet.com, Nov. 26, 2013

MAVEN On Way to Mars After Flawless Launch
Discovery News, November 18, 2013

Photos and Video of India’s Mars Orbiter Mission, proceeding toward October 28 launch
Planetary.org, Sep. 9, 2013

Watch the Launch of LADEE With Bill Nye
Planetary.org, Aug. 23, 2013

NASA Moon Dust Probe Ready to Launch from Virginia Coast
Space.com, Aug. 23, 2013

NASA’s new mission to study what makes the moon glow
MSN.com, Aug. 20, 2013

Appropriate protection of Mars
Nature Geosciences, 6, 587–588 (2013) [Published online July, 30 2013]

She Protects Planets
Skepticblog.org, July, 23, 2013

A Good, Clean Hunt for life on Mars
The New Yorker July, 10, 2013

Objective of 2020 mission to Mars: Signs of life, NASA says
CNN, July 10, 2013

Science Team Outlines Goals for NASA’s 2020 Mars Rover
JPL, July 9, 2013

Is NASA Being Too Protective of Mars?
IEEE Spectrum, July 8, 2013

Antarctic Lake Vostok ‘might have fish’
BBC, July 8, 2013

Antarctic Lake Vostok buried under two miles of ice found to teem with life
The Telegraph, July 6, 2013

Study: Asteroids Provide Sustainable Resource
NASA.gov, June 13, 2013

Cold-Loving Bacteria Offer Clues for Life on Mars
Livescience.com, May 23, 2013

Private Mars colony won’t seek life on Red Planet
Space.com, April 23, 2013

Life on Mars? Finding It May Require Humans on Red Planet
SPACE.com, April 23, 2013

Planetary Protection: A Work in Progress
Astrobiology.com, April 11, 2013

Russian scientist defends Lake Vostok life claims
Nature.com, March 12, 2013

Microbes survive a mixed bag of Mars biocidals
NASA Astrobiology, March 7, 2013

Life found deep under Antarctic ice for first time
National Geographic, Feb. 5, 2013

Microbes – possible hitchhikers to space?
Nanowerk, Jan. 31, 2013

Success! NASA’s GRAIL Probes Crash into the Moon
Discovery News, Dec. 17, 2012

Tune in here as NASA’s GRAIL spacecraft crash into the moon
LA Times, December 17, 2012

New age of exploration in the hunt for extreme life
BBC News, December 4, 2012

The Mercury plummets! Nasa probe reveals planet closest to the sun has ice and frozen organic materials at its north pole
Daily Mail, November 29, 2012

Manned Mars Missions Could Threaten Red Planet Life
Space.com, October 24, 2012

Genome hunters go after martian DNA
RealClearTechnology.com, October 18, 2012

If the Mars rover finds water, it could be H2 … uh oh!
LA Times, September 9, 2012

Steve Martin (the comedian) tweets about planetary protection!

Experimental Modeling of Sterilization Effects for Atmospheric Entry Heating on Microorganisms
NASA Tech Briefs, August 1, 2012

Employing a Grinding Technology to Assess the Microbial Density for Encapsulated Organisms
NASA Tech Briefs, July 1, 2012

Phobos-Grunt: Failed probe falls over Pacific’
BBC News Jan. 15, 2012

Don’t send bugs to Mars (Phobos-Grunt & Planetary Protection)
New Scientist Dec. 28, 2010

When biospheres collide: a history of NASA’s planetary protection programs
NASA E-Book, 2010

Nasa’s Grail twins to make gravity maps
BBC News, September 10, 2011

NASA’s Juno spacecraft heads to Jupiter with solar power
Energy Harvesting Journal, August 31, 2011

Mars Science Laboratory: engineers, scientists tackle challenges
SPACE.com, June 7, 2006

Planetary protection study group mulls life on Venus
SPACE.com, February 21, 2006

Earth life could invade Mars on contaminated craft
NewScientist, July 28, 2005

Martian life might threaten human mission
New Scientist, June 20, 2005

Earth microbes may survive on Mars
New Scientist, June 2, 2005

Planetary uncertainty principle
Astrobiology Magazine, June 21, 2004

Not on my planet: real-life man in black thwarts alien invaders
Stanford Magazine, May/June 2004

A galactic warrior, with hypothetical enemies
University of Missouri, April 24, 2004

Your planetary protection officer; what on Earth does he do?
Slate.com, April 20, 2004

Life on Mars – but ‘we sent it’
New Scientist, March 25, 2004

Crabs in space
New Scientist, March 13, 2004
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Cleaning up after Martian exploration
The Space Review, August 2003

Alien infection
Astrobiology Magazine, August 2003

Japan’s Nozomi Mars probe stirs contamination qualms
SPACE.com, July 3, 2003

Mars Exploration Rover spacecraft undergo biological testing and cleaning prior to June launches
NASA News, May 23, 2003

Planetary protection: an integral part of mission preparations
SPACE.com, May 1, 2003

Profiles: Space Man
Red Herring, August 2002
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Law, ethics, and extra-terrestrial life
Space Daily, October 1, 2001

Martian microbes
ABC [Australian Broadcast System] News, September 20, 2001

The stowaways
Nature Magazine, September 20, 2001
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A job for our ‘planetary protection officer’
Christian Science Monitor, May 31, 2001

Mars attacks? Protecting Earth from off-world infections
space.com, April 4, 2001

Interstellar invaders: protecting the Earth
SPACE.com, September 11, 2000

Scientists try to avoid germ scare on Jupiter moon
SPACE.com, June 20, 2000

Sample return missions scare some researchers
SPACE.com, April 9, 2000

Defender of the planet
New Scientist, September 18, 1999

Bring ‘em back alive – or at least carefully: planetary protection provisions for solar system exploration missions
Ad Astra Magazine, 1999