NEWS: Interplanetary environmentalism

From: Patrick Wilken (
Date: Sun Jul 30 2000 - 05:17:58 MDT

[Non-member submission]

The Economist
Jul 29th - Aug 4th 2000

Extraterrestrial life has so far been the stuff of science fiction. Yet
NASA, the American space agency, is taking the idea so seriously that it is
pondering how to dispose of its Galileo spacecraft, at present orbiting
Jupiter, without harming possible alien life-forms on one of Jupiter's
moons, Europa. NASA is worried that Galileo might blunder into Europa,
contaminating it with earthly organisms. The best way to stop this
happening, the agency believes, is to crash Galileo deliberately into Jupiter.

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