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Dr. Catharine Conley Cassie

Planetary Protection Officer

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Direct Phone: (202) ***-****       

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

21000 Brookpark Rd.

Cleveland, Ohio 44135

United States

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The NASA Innovative Lunar Demonstrations Data (ILDD) contracts provide for issuance of delivery orders that will specify data associated with system testing and integration, launch, in-space maneuvers, braking burns, lunar landing and other enhanced capab ... more

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Education

doctorate
plant biology
Cornell University

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Dr. Catherine A. Conley, Planetary Protection Officer, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC Created on Friday, 01 January 2016

As NASA plans launches to Mars, Europa, and beyond, the agency's Office of Planetary Protection ensures that the environments are shielded against contamination, especially bacteria and microbes from Earth. Dr. Catherine Conley oversees and audits the planetary protection strategies for NASA's exploration missions.
NASA Tech Briefs: What is a planetary protection officer?
Dr. Catherine Conley: The planetary protection officer is responsible for ensuring that agency-level missions comply with outer-space treaty policies on forward and backward contamination. That is, if you're looking for life on Mars, don't bring Earth life with you. In addition, the highest priority for planetary protection is to ensure that samples returned from another location are not permitted to introduce biohazards to the environment of the Earth.
NTB: How can Earth impact other planets?
Dr. Conley: If you're looking for any indications of life, you need to make sure that your spacecraft is not covered with Earth life to such an extent that your instruments cannot detect the faint signals of Mars life or Europa life. You need to make sure that your background limits are low enough that the signal is going to be visible.
NTB: How do you protect against contaminants that could be brought to other planets?
Dr. Conley: The best practices were developed on the Viking project. [The 1975 Viking mission sent two space probes to Mars.] The Viking spacecraft and the life-detection instruments were cleaned very carefully for the kinds of contamination that might interfere with the instruments.
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Dr. Conley: What would you say to someone who was telling the sailor on Columbus's ship who had malaria that he shouldn't come to the New World and let the mosquitos bite him?


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Dr. Catharine A. Conley, Planetary Protection Officer, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC

As NASA plans launches to Mars, Europa, and beyond, the agency's Office of Planetary Protection ensures that the environments are shielded against contamination, especially bacteria and microbes from Earth. Dr. Catherine Conley oversees and audits the planetary protection strategies for NASA's exploration missions.
NASA Tech Briefs: What is a planetary protection officer?
Dr. Catharine Conley: The planetary protection officer is responsible for ensuring that agency-level missions comply with outer-space treaty policies on forward and backward contamination. That is, if you're looking for life on Mars, don't bring Earth life with you. In addition, the highest priority for planetary protection is to ensure that samples returned from another location are not permitted to introduce biohazards to the environment of the Earth.
NTB: How can Earth impact other planets?
Dr. Conley: If you're looking for any indications of life, you need to make sure that your spacecraft is not covered with Earth life to such an extent that your instruments cannot detect the faint signals of Mars life or Europa life. You need to make sure that your background limits are low enough that the signal is going to be visible.
NTB: How do you protect against contaminants that could be brought to other planets?
Dr. Conley: The best practices were developed on the Viking project. [The 1975 Viking mission sent two space probes to Mars.] The Viking spacecraft and the life-detection instruments were cleaned very carefully for the kinds of contamination that might interfere with the instruments.
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Dr. Conley: What would you say to someone who was telling the sailor on Columbus's ship who had malaria that he shouldn't come to the New World and let the mosquitos bite him?


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When Catharine Conley started her job at NASA, her predecessor gave her a pair of dark Ray Ban sunglasses. It's only fitting - Conley is a real-life version of the famously shaded title characters in the 1997 movie Men in Black. Part of her job as planetary protection officer is to keep Earth safe from alien life. But, as far as we know, Earthlings are the ones regularly hopping around the solar system, so most of her job is to protect aliens from the human race.

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