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NPR 8715.24
Effective Date: September 24, 2021
Expiration Date: September 24, 2026
COMPLIANCE IS MANDATORY FOR NASA EMPLOYEES

Subject: Planetary Protection Provisions for Robotic Extraterrestrial Missions

Responsible Office: Office of Safety and Mission Assurance


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Table of Contents

Preface

P.1 Purpose

P.2 Applicability

P.3 Authority

P.4 Applicable Documents and Forms

P.5 Measurement/Verification

P.6 Cancellation

Chapter 1. Introduction

1.1 Overview

1.2 Utilization of Current Scientific Consensus Throughout the Project Life Cycle

1.3 Planetary Protection Considerations for Participation in Partnered Missions

1.4 Delegation of Responsibilities

1.5 Request for Relief

Chapter 2. Roles and Responsibilities

2.1 Mission Directorate Associate Administrator

2.2 NASA Project Manager

2.3 Chief, Safety and Mission Assurance

2.4 Planetary Protection Officer

2.5 Project-Level SMA Technical Authority

Chapter 3. Planetary Protection Procedural Requirements

3.1 Categorization and Planning

3.2 Verification, Assurance, and Pre-Launch Report Activities

3.3 Post-Launch/End of Mission

3.4 Restricted Sample Return and Containment

Appendix A. Definitions
Appendix B. Acronyms
Appendix C. Provisional Mission Planetary Protection Categories
Appendix D. References


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