JPL's Biotechnology and Planetary Protection Group (BPPG) has had a longstanding involvement in mission implementation, and more recently, space microbiology research and technology development. The team ensures that spacecraft meet stringent cleanliness requirements to prevent forward contamination (microbial contamination of the solar system by spacecraft that we launch from Earth) and backward contamination (extraterrestrial contamination of the Earth and Moon by way of sample return missions). In support of this implementation role, the BPP Group seeks to advance spacecraft cleanliness, sterilization, and validation technologies for NASA's solar system exploration missions.
Analytical Chemistry and Biochemistry
Classical and Molecular Microbial Taxonomy
Metagenomics and Metabolomics
Planetary Protection Implementation
Planetary Protection Research and Technology Development
Space Instrument Engineering
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The BPP Group carefully samples spacecraft surfaces and performs microbiology tests to demonstrate compliance with requirements for biological cleanliness.
A wide range of space microbiology research to advance spacecraft cleanliness, sterilization, and validation processes.
Development and standardization of more sensitive, accurate, rapid, and cost-effective technologies for spacecraft cleanliness and validation.
Four lab facilities support a wide range of mission implementation and research & technology development capabilities at JPL.
More than 15 scientists, engineers, and technicians, who are researchers and flight project implementation specialists.
The Biotechnology and Planetary Protection Group will host a variety of seminar series, workshops and conferences. Check back frequently for more information.