NASA is gearing up for the next phase of its mission to Mars that is decades in the making. The mission aims to answer two main questions: Did life ever exist on Mars, and can humans live there? Collecting samples from Mars and returning them to Earth is key to the mission.
But what if the samples from Mars contain dangerous pathogens? NASA is not taking any chances. That’s why they are building a state-of-the-art biocontainment lab to ensure the samples are kept secure and the public is safe.
The lab will be equipped with cutting-edge technology and will use the strictest safety measures to isolate any potential hazards. Here’s how NASA plans to safely return Martian materials to Earth.