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STERILIZATION OF UNMANNED PLANETARY SPACECRAFT
REDSTONE SCIENTIFIC INFORMATION CENTER REDSTONE ARSENAL AL
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This report presents a brief summary of the results of recent studies conducted on spacecraft sterilization. A recapitulation of the advantages and disadvantages offered by various sterilizing agents and methods is included. Also included are clean room requirements and concepts, personnel requirements for sterile vehicle assembly, concepts for the sterilization canister, handling and transportation requirements for the spacecraft and bus, concepts for terminal heat sterilization, and the potential contamination problems existing as the lander separates from the bus.
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