How To Protect Mars From Earth's Germs04:56

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NASA officials are meeting in Houston today to discuss something straight out of science fiction: where should humans land on the surface of Mars? They’ll be weighing geography and climate, but also something you might not expect: our own bacteria.

Scientists say our microbes could contaminate the Martian surface, and they are trying to figure out how to prevent that from happening. Lauren Sommer from Here & Now contributor KQED explains.


This segment aired on October 27, 2015.

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