Status Report

NASA Presolicitation Notice: Notice of Intent to Release an Announcement of Opportunity for Discovery Program Missions of Opportunity

By SpaceRef Editor
March 17, 2005
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General Information

Document Type: Presolicitation Notice
Solicitation Number: Not-Applicable
Posted Date: Mar 17, 2005
Original Response Date:
Current Response Date:
Original Archive Date: Mar 17, 2006
Current Archive Date: Mar 17, 2006
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


The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate (SMD) intends to release an Announcement of Opportunity (AO) no earlier than March 31, 2005, to solicit proposals for investigations through the Discovery Program.      

The Discovery missions meet the goals of planetary system(s) exploration encompassing the scientific objectives of the NASA Solar System Division (excluding Mars) and the search for extrasolar planetary systems element of the NASA Universe Division.    

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 both foreign and domestic, including educational institutions, industry, nonprofit organizations, NASA Centers, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and other Government agencies.    

Principal Investigators (PIs) 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 of Intent will be posted at the Web site Questions or comments about this intention to release a Discovery AO may be addressed to the NASA Discovery Program Scientist: Dr. Susan M. Niebur, Discovery Program Scientist, Solar System Division, Science Mission Directorate, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Washington, DC       20546-0001; E-mail:, Telephone: (202) 358-0745; Facsimile: (202) 358-3097.

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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