Planetary protection is aimed to prevent contamination between Earth and other bodies in the context of space exploration missions. To ensure that scientific investment in space exploration is not compromised by cross-contamination, special care need to be taken by all actors and stakeholders. The basic mandate of planetary protection is:
The Planetary Protection of Outer Solar System (PPOSS) project tackles the science, technology and policy making components related to biological and organic contamination of outer solar system bodies, in particular icy moons. This intensive three year programme will provide an international platform and forum where science, industry and policy actors will meet to nurture and catalyse discussions, exchange of knowledge and produce policy recommendations on the matter of planetary protection.
Space exploration missions are international endeavours and planetary protection is by nature an issue of global relevance. Thus, PPOSS brings in international partners and observers from non-European countries.
The main objectives of the PPOSS project are:
The PPOSS project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 687373.http://pposs.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/PPOSS_poster_ESOF_2016_5-1.pdf