Missions & Hardware

ROSES-06 Update

By Keith Cowing
August 3, 2006

ROSES-06 Amendment 13: New proposal opportunity for Concept Studies for Lunar Sortie Science Opportunities – With this amendment to ROSES-2006, NASA establishes a new program element in Appendix E.4 entitled “Concept Studies for Lunar Sortie Science Opportunities (LSSO).”

The first science opportunities enabled by the human exploration program may be autonomous instrument packages that are deployed on the lunar surface by astronauts late in the next decade. In order to begin planning for such an opportunity, and to identify any requirements that may impact planning for human exploration of the moon, NASA is soliciting concept studies for lunar surface experiments. Lunar sortie missions may provide opportunities to conduct science investigations that are relevant to NASA’s established science priorities as described in the National Research Council decadal surveys, other NRC reports, and the 2006 NASA Strategic Plan.

NASA is seeking to identify and define investigations that utilize minimal resources — such as upmass, downmass, volume, and astronaut crew time — while delivering compelling science returns from the lunar surface. This new program element solicits proposals for concept studies for Lunar Sortie Science Opportunities (LSSO) that may help define these future science investigations. These studies should describe future autonomous surface experiments that can be deployed by lunar astronauts during sorties to the moon late in the next decade. In general, the experiments should seek to minimize resource requirements while maximizing science return. Notices of Intent to propose are due August 25, 2006, and proposals are due October 27, 2006.

On or about July 28, 2006, Amendment No. 13 to the NASA Research Announcement “Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2006” (NNH06ZDA001N) will be posted on the NASA research opportunity homepage at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ (select “Solicitations” then “Open Solicitations” then “NNH06ZDA001N”).

Questions may be addressed to Dr. Thomas Morgan, Planetary Science Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546-0001; Telephone: (202) 358-0828; E-mail: [email protected]. [Source NAI Newsletter]

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