Why planetary and exoplanetary protection differ: The case of long duration genesis missions to habitable but sterile M-dwarf oxygen planets

@article{Gros2019WhyPA,
  title={Why planetary and exoplanetary protection differ: The case of long duration genesis missions to habitable but sterile M-dwarf oxygen planets},
  author={Claudius Gros},
  journal={Acta Astronautica},
  year={2019}
}
  • C. Gros
  • Published 8 January 2019
  • Physics, Geology
  • Acta Astronautica

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