Mars dust may be kept on moon to prevent microbe horror on Earth

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Mars dust may be kept on moon to prevent microbe horror on Earth

With rover set to blast off in 2020 to collect Martian samples, the fear mounts that Earth will be contaminated

Sarah Knapton

The first samples brought back from Mars could be quarantined on the moon to avoid contaminating Earth with alien life, experts have suggested.

Engineers at Airbus are designing a rover to collect rocks and soil that will be left by Nasa’s Mars 2020 mission, due to launch next year.

The small tubes of Mars dust will be loaded on to a rocket and fired into orbit where they will be scooped up by another spacecraft and eventually set down in the Utah desert...

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