NASA is planning to bring rocks from Mars to Earth. Despite the excitement surrounding this step, some scientists worry that alien viruses could also make their way through it and cause harm to Earth.
So NASA had to conduct public consultation before actually bringing back rock samples from Mars. The US space agency is currently holding public meetings this week and is asking for quick feedback on whether to collect rock samples.
Currently, NASA is planning to use a spacecraft to transport Martian rock samples back to Earth. The spacecraft will land at a US Air Force base sometime in early 2030. There’s still a long way to go, but many scientists have reminded NASA it needs to make sure there isn’t any kind of thing. What space virus can infect Earth?
The chances of survival of any alien virus on the Martian rock samples are very low because the biosphere on Mars is completely different from that of Earth.
However, NASA will not ignore even the smallest danger warnings. The space agency plans to exercise caution to return rock samples back to Earth. NASA will disinfect every specimen, including any containers or contacts ever used on Mars.
Of course, the way NASA intends to execute this plan can be changed to suit the circumstances.