Though the subject of extra-terrestrials only currently exists in science fiction, the threat of an alien virus coming to earth is real and professors from Stanford university are urging NASA to make protocols to prevent this for the manned Mars missions.
Former NASA director, Scott Hubbard, said he has concerns about Martian rock samples that are brought back to earth, stating they would need to be checked and quarantined, as would the astronauts upon returning.
”I’ve heard from some colleagues in the human spaceflight area that they can see how, in the current environment, the general public could become more concerned about bringing back some alien microbe, virus or contamination,” Hubbard told the Stanford News in an interview.
He added: “quarantined and treated as though they are the Ebola virus until proven safe.”
Due to the Coronavirus, the next Mars mission has been delayed until 2022 while the first manned mission is expected to be launched by SpaceX in 2024.
The manned moon mission saw the astronauts in 1969 quarantined for 3 weeks, so another planet that has a higher chance of life or former life living on it, no matter how small or insignificant, would definitely warrant a strict a extended quarantine procedure to been put in place to prevent an alien virus coming to earth.
The next NASA mission to Mars will see a helicopter on board and it will be the first time anything has flown on another planet.
NASA expect a manned mission to Mars in the 2030s, but Elon is expecting SpaceX to be able to achieve that for the 2024 Earth-Mars rendezvous.
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