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Coping with Contamination

Coping with Contamination

This magazine article features an interview with Mars Analog Research and Technology Experiment (MARTE) scientist Carol Stoker. In this third session of the four-part series, Stoker describes how the MARTE team avoids contaminating their drill-core samples. Her team is drilling into the pyrite subsurface of Spain's Rio Tinto in search for microbes existing in an iron-sulfur-based energy system, similar to that of Mars. She describes the technical challenges to be faced in the waterless environment of other-world drilling. The resource includes images from the Mars rover project, links to related web sites, and an MP3 Audio Machine text-to-speech option.
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