Missions, Hardware, Software, & Sensors: May 2010

Astrobiology Science and Technology for Exploring Planets (ASTEP) program 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.

This amendment delays the proposal due date for Appendix C.20, Astrobiology Science and Technology for Exploring Planets (ASTEP) Program. Programmatic schedule conflicts at NASA Headquarters have postponed the ASTEP peer review and hence the date when SMD must have proposals. A corresponding deferral of the ASTEP due date will provide the community additional time to prepare proposals. The proposal due date for ASTEP has been changed to Friday, July 16, 2010. Table 2 and Table 3 of the Summary of Solicitation for this NRA have been updated to reflect this change.

This amendment to the NASA Research Announcement "Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2010" (NNH10ZDA001N) is posted on the NASA research opportunity homepage at (select "Solicitations" then "Open Solicitations" then "NNH10ZDA001N"). You can now track amendments, clarifications and corrections to ROSES and subscribe to an RSS feed at:

Questions concerning ASTEP may be addressed to Mary Voytek, Planetary Science Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546-0001; Telephone: (202) 358-1577; Email:

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A review panel has been chartered by the Planetary Science Division at NASA headquarters, subsequently named the "Planetary Science Technology Review" (PSTR) panel. The primary purpose of the PSTR panel and its advisors is to assist the Planetary Science Division in developing a coordinated and integrated technology development plan that will better utilize technology resources. To accomplish this, the panel is implementing a review of the current technology developing activities and identifying weaknesses and problems. The panel is also chartered to recommend process and policy changes to address the weaknesses. A critical element of this activity is to communicate to the science and technology communities the existence and status of the PSTR activities and to solicit input throughout the task.

Along these lines the PSTR panel is soliciting community input on the challenges faced by technology development efforts and, more importantly, the panel is seeking sound and innovative solutions to the challenges and problems that exist today. More information on the panel's charter, status, calendar of events, and other items can be found on the PSTR website at Inputs and questions can be provided by using the "Contact Us" button, blogs, or by direct contact with a panel member or advisor.

Thank you in advance for your input - Tibor Kremic, Panel Chair

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