Moons and Icy Worlds: June 2012

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate (SMD) intends to release a Program Element Appendix (PEA) of the Stand Alone Missions of Opportunity Notice (SALMON-2), with a target date of June 28, 2012. This PEA will solicit proposals for instrument investigations to be implemented through the European Space Agency's (ESA) JUpiter ICy moons Explorer (JUICE) mission.

NASA has allocated $100 Million RY budget over the full life cycle of the mission for a limited portion of the JUICE payload. The NASA contribution would consist of a combination of 1) U.S.-led instrument(s), 2) U.S.-provided instrument component(s) for European-led instrument(s), and/or 3) U.S. Co-Investigators on European-led instruments, all to total not more than $100M life cycle cost. Only proposals for the first type of contribution (i.e., U.S. PI-led instrument investigations) should be submitted to this PEA. Proposals with the latter two types of U.S. contributions (i.e., proposals led by a non-U.S. PI) should respond to the ESA AO released in conjunction with this PEA.

Participation in this PEA will be open to all categories of organizations (foreign and domestic, with the exception that European Principle Investigators must submit their proposals to a separate Announcement of Opportunity to be released by ESA), including educational institutions, industry, not-for-profit organizations, Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDC's), NASA Centers, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and other Government agencies. Principal Investigators are responsible for and allowed to assemble the instrument team from any and all of these organizations.

The next Icy Satellites Environments Focus Group (ISEFG) meeting will be held on Thursday, June 28th from 9:00-10:00am PDT. A presentation on "Europa Mission Options - Status and Updates" will be given by Bob Pappalardo and may be viewed live at,