• ThomasLMatula

    There goes the neighborhood…

    https://www.businessinsider.com/nasa-planetary-protection-officer-lisa-pratt-spacex-roadster-orbit-2018-2

    NASA’s new planetary protection officer says she doesn’t want ‘another red Roadster up there in orbit’
    Hilary Brueck

    Feb. 27, 2018, 2:35 PM

    Wonder what NASA will do once ElonMusk starts landing bulldozers on Mars. 🙂

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    Then they can send white ones, they’re easier to track that way.

  • Emmet Ford

    NASA has carefully avoided any attempts to detect life on Mars since 1976, when they discovered that “failure is not an option” does not go well with “let’s do an experiment.” But since they refuse to look for life on Mars (“What would it even look like?” “There’s no way of knowing.” “More study is needed.” “Hey, look, we found water. Again.”), they are going to have a hard time making the case for delaying any human landings until a proper robotic search for life can be undertaken. That doesn’t mean they won’t try, of course. It is, after all, actually the job of the planetary protection officer to throw a spanner in the works. If she doesn’t at least attempt to block human exploration of Mars, then what is the point of her job?