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Troy D. Wood
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry
University at Buffalo
Is a Mars Sample Return Mission Too Risky?: A Public Hearing Case Study

Following a public hearing format, this case study allows students to explore the scientific and public policy issues surrounding the advisability of a return mission to Mars for further sampling and, more generally, the question of whether or not there is life on that planet. The case was developed for a non-science majors course called “Great Discoveries in Science” and serves to illustrate the scientific method and the importance of interdisciplinary efforts in scientific research.