NASA to Release Cooperative Agreement Notice for Membership in the NASA Astrobiology Institute


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This amendment announces a proposal opportunity in Appendix C.20 of ROSES-2007 entitled "Astrobiology Science and Technology for Exploring Planets" (ASTEP).

This program element solicits proposals for investigations focused on exploring the Earth's extreme environments in order to develop a sound technical and scientific basis to conduct astrobiological research on other solar system bodies. The ASTEP program is a science-driven exploration program that is expected to result in new science and operational/technological capabilities to enable the next generation of planetary exploration. A unique feature that is central to the ASTEP program is the use of terrestrial (Earth-based; not necessarily nonaquatic) field campaigns to further science and technology and NASA's exploration capabilities.

Notices of Intent to propose are due January 18, 2008, and proposals are due March 18, 2008.

Table 2 and Table 3 of the Summary of Solicitation for this NRA have been updated to reflect this change.

On or about December 13, 2007, this Amendment to the NASA Research Announcement "Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2007" (NNH07ZDA001N) will be posted on the NASA research opportunity homepage at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ (select "Solicitations" then "Open Solicitations" then "NNH07ZDA001N").

Further information about this program element is available from Dr. John D. Rummel, Planetary Science Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA, Washington, DC 20546-0001; Telephone: (202) 358-0702; E-mail: John.D.Rummel@nasa.gov.

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