Archaeal diversity analysis of spacecraft assembly clean rooms

  title={Archaeal diversity analysis of spacecraft assembly clean rooms},
  author={Christine Moissl and James C. Bruckner and Kasthuri Venkateswaran},
  journal={The ISME Journal},
One of the main tasks of NASA's planetary protection program is to prevent the forward contamination of extraterrestrial environments with Earth life, and in turn preserve other planets and the integrity of future life detection missions. Despite information regarding bacterial diversity in NASA's clean rooms, little is known about the presence of Archaea. Archaeal community analysis of spacecraft-associated surfaces is important, as they are considered by some to represent terrestrial life… CONTINUE READING
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