Encyclopedia of Astrobiology

2015 Edition
| Editors: Muriel Gargaud, William M. Irvine, Ricardo Amils, Henderson James (Jim) CleavesII, Daniele L. Pinti, José Cernicharo Quintanilla, Daniel Rouan, Tilman Spohn, Stéphane Tirard, Michel Viso

Sample Receiving Facility

  • Catharine A. ConleyEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-44185-5_1401


For planetary protection, the Sample Receiving Facility is a high-containment facility for samples returned from another planetary body that might contain extraterrestrial organisms and is the location in which sample canisters are open and samples are identified and sorted. Then a fraction of the samples is submitted to the Biohazard Assessment Protocol either in this facility or in other adapted and dedicated facilities while the remaining part is safely stored.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.NASA HeadquartersWashingtonUSA