LIVE INTERVIEW: how NASA is managing the risk associated with solar system exploration to ensure planetary protection
Learning and understanding how other industries perceive, measure and monitor risk is crucial. In the era of new technologies and strategic approaches, sharing best practices across industries to ensure resiliency has never been so important.
Gain exclusive insight into how NASA is managing contamination risk during solar system exploration and preventing the contamination of Earth from extraterrestrial sample return.
Elaine Seasly, D.Eng.
Deputy planetary protection officer
Dr Elaine Seasly is the Deputy Planetary Protection Officer for NASA, which is to say she is a real-life Guardian of the Galaxy. Her focus is to ensure spacecraft is clean enough to visit other worlds when searching for life or signs of past life, and any material samples brought back from visits to other worlds do not pose a risk to life on Earth.
She began her career in contamination control at Raytheon Missile Systems and later transitioned to NASA to lead the Contamination Control and Planetary Protection efforts at NASA Langley Research Center.
Currently, at NASA Headquarters, she brings the systems engineering perspective to the Office of Planetary Protection. She is a proud engineering nerd, with a Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering, a Master’s in Patent Law, and a Doctor of Engineering degree.
divisional content editor
Alexander Campbell is the divisional content editor for Risk.net. He was formerly the editor of Operational Risk & Regulation and news editor of Risk magazine. He is based in London.