Microbiologists’ Perceptions of Planetary Protection

15 Pages Posted: 26 May 2012

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Margaret Race

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Donald G. MacGregor

MacGregor-Bates, Inc.

Date Written: February 4, 2001


As society enters the 21st century, NASA and its international partners are planning to conduct numerous new and exciting missions within the solar system. Many of these missions are motivated by scientific questions in Astrobiology that focus on the origin and evolution of life in the universe. These explorations will involve the search for evidence of life beyond Earth and the return of geological and atmospheric samples to Earth for analysis. In a society that places ever-increasing importance on the role of public involvement in science and technology policy, questions about the possible risks of biological contamination from sample return missions will be examined and debated in the media. These perceptions will, over time, form an important input to the development of risk management policies and strategies concerning sample return missions. Studies on risk perception that we conduct today form a baseline of information against which we can observe changes in public risk attitudes.

Keywords: planetary protection, perception of risk

JEL Classification: D81

Suggested Citation

Race, Margaret and MacGregor, Donald G., Microbiologists’ Perceptions of Planetary Protection (February 4, 2001). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1565087 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1565087

Margaret Race (Contact Author)

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Donald G. MacGregor

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1010 Villard Ave.
Cottage Grove, OR 97424
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