MRO

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

MSL

Mars Science Laboratory

MSPSG

Mars Science Program Synthesis Group

MSR

Mars Sample Return


NAS

National Academy of Sciences

NASA

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

NHB

NASA Handbook

NMI

NASA Management Instruction

NPR

NASA Procedural Requirements

NRC

National Research Council

NSF

National Science Foundation


OCSSG

Organic Contamination Science Steering Group


PAH

polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon

Pc

probability of contamination

PCR

polymerase chain reaction

Pg

probability of growth

PP

planetary protection


R&D

research and development

RNA

ribonucleic acid

rRNA

ribosomal RNA


SHARAD

shallow radar

SSB

Space Studies Board


TBD

to be determined

TES

thermal emission spectrometer

T-RFLP

terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism


UV

ultraviolet



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