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originally posted by: Spacespider
"An out-of-this-world job like Conley's requires some equally extraordinary qualifications. A candidate must have at least one year of experience as a top-level civilian government employee, plus have "advanced knowledge" of planetary protection and all it entails."
Planetary protection is concerned with the avoidance of organic-constituent and biological contamination in human and robotic space exploration. NASA maintains policies for planetary protection applicable to all space flight missions that may intentionally or unintentionally carry Earth organisms and organic constituents to the planets ... This policy is based on federal requirements and international treaties and agreements.