Warning: Season 1 spoilers
In Season 1 of The Expanse, the Mars Congressional Republic (MCR) discovers the protomolecule on the Saturnian moon Phoebe.
They reach out to private security firm Protogen to investigate and research the protomolecule.
My question is: why? Why would Mars choose Protogen?
The main recurring theme of the show is how the three largest bodies of the solar system, the United Nations (Earth), MCR and the Outer Planets Alliance (OPA)/belters, basically despise each other or are at least deeply mistrusting of one another and can't get along.
Martians tend to see Earthers as reckless and careless towards their own planet and not to be trusted.
Furthermore, Martians are known for their excellence in science and research (stealth ships, the best navy, etc). Why wouldn't they use their own private companies, or perhaps government organisations, rather than risking everything with an Earth-based company with an Earth owner (Jules-Pierre Mao)?
If it matters, I'm currently up to season 2, and I just can't quite figure this out.