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Do you know that clean rooms are used to help keep spacecrafts clean before they are sent into space?

As we continue to send spacecrafts to and from Mars, there is a lingering fear that microorganisms from Earth could hitch a ride. The scientific discipline of planetary protection helps to counteract this concern through risk assessments and actions aimed at preventing microbial contamination of outbound spacecrafts as well as returning spacecrafts and samples.

In fact, ATCC recently acquired three new type strains that were isolated from the Mars Exploration Rover Spacecraft clean room.

Click here to read the full blog and see how ATCC can help deal with new species: