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Response Date Extended: Science Engagement Opportunities for the NASA Mars 2020 project

Status Report From: NASA Science Mission Directorate
Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2018

The Announcement for Proposals (AFP) For a Partnership Agreement Related to Science Engagement Opportunities for the NASA Mars 2020 Project (NNH18ZDA016K) solicits proposals from commercial, educational, or non-profit organizations to partner with NASA on a non-reimbursable, i.e., no-exchange-of-funds, basis to define, organize, and execute a contest for K-12 students in U.S. schools to select a name for the Mars 2020 rover launching in 2020.
 
NASA will now accept responses until 11:59 pm Eastern time, October 29, 2018—an extension of 20 days.
 
NASA seeks proposals from organizations that are innovative, inspirational, and utilize avenues of high impact for reaching a diversity of populations and broadening participation. NASA views such contests as opportunities that further the Agency objectives to inform the public and distribute knowledge gained from the space program to a broad audience. The Mars 2020 rover mission is part of NASA's Mars Exploration Program, a long-term effort of robotic exploration of the Red Planet. The Mars 2020 mission addresses high-priority science goals for Mars exploration, including key questions about the potential for life on Mars. See: https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/.
 
The AFP is available on NSPIRES at https://go.nasa.gov/2M7yLnk. Interested parties are encouraged to read the AFP carefully, as it differs significantly from a funding announcement-type solicitation.
 
Send questions by email to: George Tahu; Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters: hqmars2020namingproposals@mail.nasa.gov. AFP questions and responses, with identifying information removed, will be posted as Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) at: https://go.nasa.gov/2M7yLnk.
 

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