Status Report

NASA Announcement of Opportunity for Discovery Program Missions and Missions of Opportunity

By SpaceRef Editor
March 24, 2004
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General Information

  • Document Type: Presolicitation Notice
  • Solicitation Number: NNH04ZDSS002O
  • Posted Date: Mar 23, 2004
  • Original Response Date: Jul 16, 2004
  • Current Response Date: Jul 16, 2004
  • Original Archive Date: Mar 23, 2005
  • Current Archive Date: Mar 23, 2005
  • Classification Code: A — Research & Development
  • Naics Code: 541710 — Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences

Contracting Office Address

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA Headquarters Acquisition Branch, Code 210.H, Greenbelt, MD 20771


RELEASE DATE:       April 16, 2004      
NOTICE OF INTENT:       May 14, 2004            
PROPOSALS DUE:       July 16, 2004

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Office of Space Science (OSS) is releasing an Announcement of Opportunity (AO NNH04ZSS002O) entitled Discovery Program Missions and Missions of Opportunity to solicit proposals for investigations through the Discovery Program.     Missions and Missions of Opportunity must launch no later than December 31, 2009.     The Discovery missions meet the goals of planetary system(s) exploration encompassing the scientific objectives of the NASA Solar System Exploration (SSE) theme (excluding Mars) and the search for extrasolar planetary systems element of the NASA Astronomical Search for Origins (ASO) theme. The Discovery Program selects missions through a fully open and competitive process.     Investigation teams are to be led by a single Principal Investigator (PI), with participation open to all categories of organizations, foreign and domestic, including educational institutions, industry, nonprofit organizations, NASA centers, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and other Federally Funded Research and Development Centers, and other Government agencies.     Principal Investigators are responsible for and allowed to assemble the mission team from any and all of these organizations. A Discovery Preproposal Conference will be scheduled approximately two weeks after the AO is released.     Details for this conference and an expanded version of this Announcement will be posted at the Web site     Questions or comments about the planned solicitation may be addressed to the NASA Discovery Program Scientist: Dr. Susan M. Niebur, Discovery Program Scientist, Solar System Exploration Division, Code SE, Office of Space Science, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Washington, DC     20546-0001; E-mail:; Telephone: (202) 358-0745; Facsimile: (202) 358-3097. This notice constitutes a Broad Agency Announcement as contemplated in FAR 6.102(d)(2). Notwithstanding the posting of this opportunity at,, or at both sites, NASA reserves the right to determine the appropriate award instrument for each proposal selected pursuant to this announcement.

Original Point of Contact

Dr. Susan M. Niebur, Discovery Program Scientist, Phone (202) 358-0745, Fax (202) 358-3097, Email

Email your questions to Dr. Susan M. Niebur at

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