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Our Plan To Treat Alien Viruses

December 31, 2019

What if Mars
astronauts get infected by some kind of crazy
Martian disease? Do we just leave them out there? Hey spacefarers. Trace here with our weekly
D News space update. I know it sounds like a
science fiction horror film, but seriously,
pathogens may exist on Mars that could potentially
infect visiting humans. It’s possible. Back in the 1960s,
NASA was worried that astronauts from Apollo 11
may have unknowingly picked up some kind of alien bacteria
while traipsing around on the moon. And in response, they rescued
them from their splashdown, put them in special
isolation suits, and into a quarantine
trailer for weeks until they were completely
cleared and safe. NASA has long been concerned
about bacterial contamination of their spaced-out
humans, checking them before their flights and
then rechecking them after. Not only do we want
to avoid some kind of alien super plague–
that would be really bad– but contamination of alien
worlds with Earth bacteria could really screw
things up out there. To protect us from messing
up each other’s planets is NASA’s Planetary
Protection Office. But still, sometimes
bad things happen. Astronauts going to Mars will
spend months and maybe even years exposed to
only each other. Because of this
limited environment, the bacteria living in
their digestive tract, nasal passages, and upper
airways will mutate, and their body’s immune
system will slowly weaken. One infection of concern
is staphylococcus. It’s commonly found during
sweeps of the International Space Station already. This little guy can become
MRSA, an unfortunately common infection fought in hospitals,
prisons, and nursing homes, places where immune
systems are weaker. Once humans show up
in the red planet, they would instantly contaminate
any of their equipment with bacteria. We just can’t help it. They’re everywhere. The mere presence
of humans would cause a bacterial infestation,
and Mars’s environment would be akin to a trial by
fire for an invasive species. Bacteria on a contaminated
Rover, for example, could infect areas of Mars
suitable for Earth life. Then, without competition
from other strains, that area would become a Petri
dish for mutated superbugs. So what’s the plan to
protect NASA’s astronauts from getting up there
and becoming infected? Beforehand, we could irradiate
their foods to kill bacteria. They do that already. But the effect of
long-term ingestion of microorganism-free
food on our gut bacteria isn’t really clear. While on Mars, NASA has set
up already human restriction zones, where a robot will have
to check the area before one of us meatbags can visit. But even with restrictions,
inevitably, someone’s going to get sick. In the case of
illness, according to the planetary
protection office, one crew member will
have the responsibility to implement planetary
protection protocol and will determine how to act. NASA will monitor the health
of their men and women, and hopefully the
infection can be treated with the equipment they
brought during that 20 million mile trip. If not, then we’re not sure
what’s going to happen. It’s kind of scary. We can’t have a, quote, horribly
infectious, horribly damaging organism brought back
to Earth from Mars. Though, the way
I see it, if they catch some kind of
Martian flu, maybe they can just go live with
those Mars One crazies and never come back. What do you think? Were you worried
about space infection? Are you now? Tell us in the comments below
and find us on social media so we can be friends. We’ll see you next
time on D News.


  • Reply Björn Skarman June 3, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Diseases will infect cells with similar genetics of its earlier victims so if we would find life on another planet it would probably be very diffrent from the life here on earth. This makes it very unlikely that they would be harmfull to us

  • Reply Bossus_Rob June 10, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Doom 3

  • Reply Buddeers July 4, 2014 at 4:44 am

    I would kill that person then burn it so the bacteria doesn't spread

  • Reply JuanFam July 20, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Another SourceFed guy yay!

  • Reply Corbinite July 31, 2014 at 9:53 am

    If a virus evolved without ever contacting earth-type life, it's unlikely they would have the means to infect human cells. Bacteria, maybe. Viruses, no.

  • Reply deliciousd2 August 16, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    without competition a species more often becomes weaker. We see this in birds that have gone extinct when isolated on an island then reintorduced to humans (or more specifically our pet cats) and in ourselves as well. Without humans being the driving point to what makes a mutation successful in a given bacterias gene pool, odds that significant mutations made will even affect us are slim to none

  • Reply Adam Shed August 17, 2014 at 12:54 am

    I think it's very unlikely but can't imagine how horrible it would be to get something unfixable and deadly

  • Reply Chris w September 12, 2014 at 9:53 am

    im not going to mars anymore

  • Reply Jacob Hoffman September 16, 2014 at 4:20 am

    if they manage to get all the way there and succesfuly land,dude…. they cannot return from mars period…. ever… it is a one way trip my friend, the technology to return will ultimately have to be created there, you will not see the retunr trip in your life time or theirs

  • Reply Jevon Mendoza October 19, 2014 at 1:24 am

    It might not even effect us because microbes or whatever the heck they have should only infect the creatures set for them.
    Except if their crazy alien prepared mega gurms then we are dooooooooooooooooomed!

  • Reply Edward Fominykh December 4, 2014 at 3:02 am

    Everyone says that our immune systems don't know how to fight them, but that also means that the bacteria don't know how to attack us, so why do we need to worry?

  • Reply J Mcrae January 8, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    Wasn't there a Dr who episode about something like this? Dirty aliens. 

  • Reply Harley Gentry January 21, 2015 at 7:13 am

    It's unbelievable, the misconceptions and terrible knowledge on viruses in these comments.

    Don't worry about them not knowing how to attack, they don't need to know. All they have to do is stroll in and find a comfortable place to kick back, which is not an issue for them at ALL.

    What you should be worried about is when they kick down the door, if your immune system is carrying the right ammunition.

    Imagine if rabies mutated into an airborne virus. We would be royally fucked and probably drove to extinction, since we don't have a cure for rabies. (Granted our immune system is already intolerable to rabies anyway, but that's beside the point)
    Dogs can get rabies, rats can get rabies, whales can get rabies, and even HUMANS can get rabies.

  • Reply RoastKing February 12, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    Honestly, if people get Alien viruses. Then in my opinion you should leave them there. Like when they signed up they should know that they might one day die in space. It's like signing up to be a police officer. When you sign up you know that there is a possibility that you will get killed. 

  • Reply A Croft March 16, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    "Meatbags" lmao love the quote, you rock man!

  • Reply Rauly T March 21, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    Martian rocks have been falling into earth for millions of years, if any bacteria/organism were to infect Earth, it has already done so. 

  • Reply Adam Hartstein March 30, 2015 at 1:31 am

    theres no reason for humans to go to space we can send satilites for graet service but risking 1 second mution of an alion virus to connect to human is not worth the risk

  • Reply Togmeister March 31, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    There's not really a point in checking them. Seeing as they go in a rocket the second they land the rocket thrusters will send bacteria flying onto the rocket. The second the rocket lands in the sea on Earth the bacteria will just be washed off into the sea and will going onto a shore somewhere.

  • Reply RancidRocket April 5, 2015 at 4:03 am

    No and no

  • Reply Spectre Kg April 26, 2015 at 11:34 am

    watch terra forem … cockcraodch AHHHHHHHHHH most fock up sh1t

  • Reply MMSINCsidecars May 9, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    alien bacterial infections are a possibility but not viruses. viruses would have to have the proper DNA and RNA to infect humans. bacteria kill people by poisoning them with toxins and are a possibility.

  • Reply Rand Aram June 1, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    I am afraid that  space exploration will become so advanced that we will colonize galaxies and the video game Destiny will become the real world

  • Reply Stasi Memelord June 16, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    yes. yes I am scared.

  • Reply Ziv Grinfeld July 24, 2015 at 6:48 am

    Pretty sure if it do happen the humans on mars will get left behind as a sacrafice as its too dangerous infecting the whole planet. I dont think they will risk the whole world just for 20 something peoples, and i would think if they would get infected they would understamd why they got left behind as a sacrifice for humanity

  • Reply Jacob Gamesbillion July 28, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    What if its a zombie infectoin ha got yeah mabye

  • Reply Adobe Flash Player August 6, 2015 at 8:10 am

    It reminds me of Dr who with that disease on mars

  • Reply Amlan Chatterjee September 25, 2015 at 5:44 am

    That's a really cool tshirt. Where did u get it?

  • Reply XerO October 12, 2015 at 4:41 am

    So people are like THEW ID NO WIFE IN SHPACE. This disproves that…

  • Reply IamShyneusHD October 17, 2015 at 10:07 pm

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  • Reply Martin Nguyen October 24, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    Our plan to treat Humanity

  • Reply DarwinDawkins FomAddict November 3, 2015 at 12:04 am

    OMG i love that shirt i want it

  • Reply Wolfgang November 14, 2015 at 1:35 am

    nice shirt

  • Reply drew stafford November 22, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    fuck it lets try to seed a world

  • Reply Mo November 23, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    What if aliens don't wanna make contact with us because they are afraid they will get sick?

  • Reply Marc Ramirez December 9, 2015 at 12:25 am

    does it have to check the entire planet??

  • Reply Roy Barrow December 21, 2015 at 12:14 am

    That hair though… ?

  • Reply Kyle Huidobro December 30, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    I think they should have a contamination pod in a station that they will be decontaminated with when coming back to earth. Then will go down to earth if cleared if not they will research the disease up their and see if its deadly or if we have can cure it.

  • Reply Shane Horne January 1, 2016 at 12:25 am

    we dint got to the moon

  • Reply thecolorthursday January 6, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    Pathogens are the reason we shouldn't live on other alien worlds with life.

  • Reply Alkaris January 8, 2016 at 4:57 am

    DNews…. the D stands for DICK.

  • Reply dudelivestrong February 1, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    What if the alien bacteria could have killed off all the viruses on earth… Thanks nasa

  • Reply Teexamanbinnojol February 19, 2016 at 5:39 am

    i don't think there was life on mars to begin with because the atmosphere is the same as earth without life.

  • Reply Bernard Gilbert February 20, 2016 at 5:33 am

    The same would apply to any robotic sample return missions we would be planning. Anyone remember the Michael Criton movie Andromeda Strain.

  • Reply Rochelle Haley February 24, 2016 at 11:09 am

    what about the jets streaming viruses and bacterias in the sky to drop down on us. I believe they call them chem trails.

  • Reply Nicholas Rusanoff February 27, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    "Before Eden" by Arthur C Clark

  • Reply Sam February 28, 2016 at 12:50 am

    Cough Deoxys Cough

  • Reply TFormerRock March 11, 2016 at 11:38 am


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  • Reply Spencerrr March 21, 2016 at 5:50 am

    "basically the way i see it, if they catch some kind of martian flu, they can just go live with those mars one crazies"
    i laughed too hard at this omg

  • Reply Daniel Suarez March 25, 2016 at 7:10 pm


  • Reply Faifstarr May 7, 2016 at 9:37 am

    Exterminatus, 40k style

  • Reply NEY Industries May 14, 2016 at 6:36 am

    Somehow I can't understand why people even bother.

  • Reply seshil alvin May 23, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    your gestures are not good and applicable as an professional. so i suggest you to accordingly as you discussing important facts.

  • Reply Alexander Robertson May 23, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    part of the protocall is that if said virus/bacteria is VERY bad, like, when europe's smallpox came to america bad, then it is possible for the person i charge to destroy that base AND prevent the crew from returning.

  • Reply Baby Sheep June 4, 2016 at 1:25 am

    if you read this, your parents will die in 5 years. Copy this into 5 different videos to remove the curse

  • Reply Luca Stronks June 7, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    Infect aliens with human viruses. duh.

  • Reply Steve Spence June 22, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    this would be very unlikely, that virus on other planets well find our DNA useful and compatible enough to use replication, most virus here on earth are barely able to move between hosts of different species much less hosts from different planets

  • Reply kk tt June 26, 2016 at 9:51 am

    he said meat bag…..bender says meat bag

  • Reply pie mammoth July 20, 2016 at 12:18 am

    Which side are you on Trace, mars one or nasa?

  • Reply Random Guy July 26, 2016 at 1:53 pm


  • Reply frank brolly August 18, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    segorney weaver

  • Reply ben lawton October 8, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    i really hate the north sea advert it loads in 720p and i cant change it and it always crashes because my internet is shit so i cant watch vids when i have that advert

  • Reply AZ Gonz October 9, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    food should be pure food just like water but it is not! we on the contrary depend and encourage microorganism "symbiosis"! this entails a re examination of our nutrition culture! by all means we do not lack the technology or the knowledge to be integral in our nutrition (i am not even talking about eating whole grain shit).

  • Reply Brendan Fitzgerald October 14, 2016 at 2:13 am

    Hahaha meatbags! I love it! ?

  • Reply gee man October 16, 2016 at 9:34 am

    geothermal power earth is a sun .water +lava =steam power nooob we drill hole for oil fuel .drill for lave get steam power

  • Reply James Hardy October 17, 2016 at 12:15 am

    What's with calling Mars One people "crazies"? That's pretty closed minded for a science/education show.

  • Reply thuzan117 October 22, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    i'd be more concerned about contaminating the martian environment with microorganisms from earth. It could compromise our findings if we go looking for life and suddenly discover earth bacteria. It's kind of a problem to be honest and if there is any life at all on mars right now there's no telling how it will go.

  • Reply *InsertStereotypicalNameHere* October 26, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Anyone thinking that nasa scientists are playing to much crysis 2?

  • Reply TONY SETTLES October 27, 2016 at 3:40 am

    What if humans are just evolved versions of alien bacteria from ancient visitors? That's why they won't come back. It's like for us, if the flu was the size of a bear and every season it breaks into your house and forces itself inside you. Then beats you up before visiting all your friends and family. We're flu like space bears to aliens. Sorry folks.

  • Reply Ismael Peralta October 28, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    Lol I have the same gas mask that's in thumbnail

  • Reply Blake Mosley October 29, 2016 at 1:44 am

    well yea were gonna leave them because the 1st mission there gonna be able to come back to earth

  • Reply Jirred Vang November 5, 2016 at 7:53 am

    so if they get space bacteria wouldn't that prove life beyond our planet did anybody even think of that???

  • Reply Kerry Webb January 19, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    hahahaha meat bag

  • Reply Nouvellecosse February 5, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Wow, I can't believe how much fatter he was back in 2013. He must have lost like 20kg since then!

  • Reply anthony gumbo February 21, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    That's terrible … but it's got to be Done

  • Reply mirzamay February 22, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    Why did NASA think the anauts had an alien infection?

  • Reply Prashant Panigrahi February 25, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    what if super bug from mars….

  • Reply Fox' 333 March 3, 2017 at 11:44 am

    Forgot to mention that the apollo 11 quarantine trailer was not sealed and they were let out after 4 or 3 days instead of weeks. Get your facts correct <3

  • Reply Quantum Proton March 10, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    why not just send a bunch of microbes to see if they terriform mars?

  • Reply Netheryk March 13, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Imagine a virus which would kill aliens in 1 second but would grant humans immortality because of having toxins which are good for humans but bad for the certain alien species

  • Reply Robotron Gaming March 31, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    That sucks

  • Reply Black Storm April 4, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    This means that aliens exist on Mars (bacteria)

  • Reply Spyfire2000 April 13, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Well… if we're talking about bringing infections back to Earth from Mars, it probably won't happen due to the sheer amount of space between the two planets and the fact that we most likely won't be able to get the astronauts on Mars back to earth.

  • Reply Edna Mara Ferrez Locatto April 26, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    cheiro de cavalo e couro fedidos

  • Reply Chilly78765 May 26, 2017 at 1:54 am

    But, Can humans be infected? Dogs cant get infected with human diseases and stuff like that

  • Reply Etheoma June 4, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Nuke it from orbit, it's the only way to be sure.

  • Reply My Name Is Hello June 25, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    I was actually all for the idea of getting our bacteria to meet other planet bacteria XDDD
    Sticks bacteria together
    "Start mating u bitches!"

  • Reply Debasish Dutta June 28, 2017 at 5:39 am

    what struck in your mind after watching the first 5 seconds?
    well good job; your video just had a movie called "life" starring ryan reynold

  • Reply DDaddySupreme July 8, 2017 at 2:23 am

    If the bacteria starts mutating without humans after being brought somewhere form a contaminated rover, I would think they'd only survive if they don't need humans to reproduce (aren't infectious) and I doubt they would evolve a dependence on infecting humans without any humans around

  • Reply Gamebred July 16, 2017 at 1:11 am

    My penis sheds it's skin like a Tarantula, leaving a perfect cast of its less-evolved self.

  • Reply zakiducky August 24, 2017 at 3:20 am

    Had MRSA once. Not fun. And it was a relatively 'minor' case at that!

  • Reply Uds Shadow September 20, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    If there are bacterias in mars then It should be possible to be multicellular being, not? Even though they're different things…

  • Reply Hanamichi Alicarete September 30, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    wow is this true

  • Reply OG Johnson October 6, 2017 at 4:37 am

    Good point.

  • Reply Double H October 11, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    Should we use antimatter to clean up waste? One thing we could do is destroy the Elephant's Foot. <– A lump of intensely radioactive waste found in the middle of Reactor 4 in Chernobyl, Ukraine. Going near it for a couple minutes either means radiation poisoning or death. Not touching it, going NEAR IT. Breathing in the Chernobyl air has nothing on the Elephant's Foot. I think Seeker uploaded a video about it. Either them or some other science channel.

  • Reply rah her November 14, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    if nasa were concerned , why did'nt they quarantine the men that removed them from the capsule at sea ? the helicopter they were plced in ? the ship they were placed on ? the rescue crew? hum????????????

  • Reply Animal Loverjulian June 4, 2018 at 2:00 am

    We don't even know what sort of alien life form it is you need to know it first

  • Reply Animal Loverjulian June 4, 2018 at 2:00 am

    We shouldn't wipe alien bacteria of there own planet

  • Reply Jeremy Pace December 5, 2018 at 12:04 am

    Idk man I think they should leave them out there…. Especially if they show symptoms of something. We cannot take the chance. They made their choice knowing they might die.

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