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Some scientists fear that the bacteria brought into space by Elon Musk's Tesla could contaminate other worlds from planet Earth. What would the problem be if that happens?
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Scientists worry about the red glowing Tesla car. They fear that Elon Musk's car will bring a large horde of bacteria from Earth that could contaminate Mars.
What would happen if humans contaminate Mars or other planets?
Contaminating another world is one of the things NASA wants to avoid for a good reason. When Earth microbes are introduced into and survive on a planet like Mars, scientists looking for signs of life in these worlds can confuse these bacteria with small organisms from Mars. Such a misinterpretation will have a significant impact on how people see their place in the universe.
In worlds with high chances of harboring microbes like the Jupiter's moon Europa and the Saturn Enceladus, contamination would mean that microbes from Earth would interact with the organisms that might thrive there
This could have devastating consequences this happens on ecosystems here on Earth after invasive species have been introduced into parts of the worlds where they did not originally exist.
A new and aggressive species being introduced into a new ecosystem can not have natural enemies or controls. This means that they can breed quickly and spread and take over an area. The native species may not have the necessary defenses to protect themselves from the intruder, or they may not be able to compete with a species that has no enemies.
"The direct threat of invasive species includes the exploitation of indigenous species, other resources that cause or promote disease and prevent native species from reproducing or killing young," the National Wildlife Federation said.
Traveling from planet Earth may have an impact on other worlds.
NASA's Planetary Protection, established to promote responsible solar system exploration, explained why humans are not allowed to contaminate other worlds.
Planetary protection is necessary for several important reasons: to preserve our ability to study other worlds their natural states to avoid contamination that would obscure our ability to find life elsewhere ̵
Advantages of Contaminating Other Worlds
Fortunately, scientists said that the likelihood of Tesla collapsing on the planet Mars or other planets like Venus and possibly contaminating them is small.
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