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Committee on Contamination by Extraterrestrial Exploration

Committee on Contamination by Extraterrestrial Exploration is a committee set up in 1958 by the International Council of Scientific Unions (ICSU) to evaluate the issue of possible contamination by spacecraft, first raised by Lederberg, and to develop recommendations about quarantine procedures. The standards proposed by the Committee were adopted by the ICSU in October 1958.1, 2


  1. Derbyshire, G. A. "Resumé of Some Earlier Extraterrestrial Contamination Activities." In A Review of Space Research, ch. 10, p. 11. Washington, D.C.: National Academy of Sciences (1962).
  2. "Development of International Efforts to Avoid Contamination of Extraterrestrial Bodies." Science, 128, 887 (1958).

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