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ROSES-16 Amendment 28: Planetary Protection Research deferred to ROSES-2017

Status Report From: NASA Science Mission Directorate
Posted: Tuesday, September 13, 2016

ROSES-16 Amendment 28: C.15 Planetary Protection Research program element will not be solicited in ROSES-2016, but it is anticipated that it will be solicited in ROSES-2017.

Planetary protection involves preventing biological contamination on both outbound and sample return missions to other planetary bodies. Numerous areas of research in astrobiology/exobiology are improving our understanding of the potential for survival of Earth microbes in extraterrestrial environments, relevant to preventing contamination of other bodies by organisms carried on spacecraft. Research is required to improve NASA's understanding of the potential for both forward and backward contamination, how to minimize it, and to set standards in these areas for spacecraft preparation and operating procedures. Improvements in technologies and methods for evaluating the potential for life in returned samples are also of interest.

Program element C.15 Planetary Protection Research will not be solicited in ROSES-2016, but it is anticipated that it will be solicited in ROSES-2017.

On or about September 13, 2016, this Amendment to the NASA Research Announcement "Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2016" (NNH16ZDA001N) will be posted on the NASA research opportunity homepage at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/  and will appear on the RSS feed at: http://nasascience.nasa.gov/researchers/sara/grant-solicitations/roses-2016 

Questions concerning this program element may be directed to Catharine Conley at cassie.conley@nasa.gov 

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