NASA has developed this course on planetary protection policies and practices to familiarize current and future practitioners with NASA and COSPAR planetary protection programs. The course provides a comprehensive review of all applicable policies, practices, and procedures necessary to implement planetary protection requirements successfully, emphasizing integration of managerial, administrative, and laboratory aspects of planetary protection.
This three-day course focuses on the theory and application of planetary protection principles. Participants learn how the work of personnel with diverse skills and responsibilities is coordinated to develop an effective program of implementing planetary protection requirements for planetary missions.
Learning is accomplished through a combination of lecture and structured hands-on laboratory training. The lecture portion of the course presents NASA requirements and implementation guidance, including industry examples. The laboratory portion of the course complements the lecture by demonstrating key principles of microbiology and laboratory assay requirements.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
March 12-14, 2013
Please see http://planetaryprotection.nasa.gov/course for registration instructions.