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Europa SALMON-2 AO released

SMD has released final text for complete PI-led instrument investigations for a Europa mission as Appendix O of SALMON-2. The term "complete" encompasses investigation phases from project initiation, through instrument development and science operations, to scientific analysis of space based data. It is anticipated that approximately 20 proposals will be selected for seven-month, $1.25M (FY 2015) concept studies and development. At the conclusion of these studies, NASA may select approximately eight of the instrument investigations to complete Phase A and subsequent mission phases. Proposals are due October 17, 2014. For more information see Appendix O of SALMON-2 and or

Release of SOFIA Cycle 3 Call for Proposals

The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) is pleased to invite proposals for Cycle 3 observations, which will take place in the time period March 1, 2015 to January 31, 2016. The deadline for submitting proposals is July 18, 2014. Proposal selections will be announced in early October 2014. Details of the Cycle 3 Call for Proposals can be found at The observing campaigns will be interspersed with aircraft maintenance and instrument commissioning. There are six observatory instruments offered in this Call, which cover the range 0.3-250 microns. The implementation of this Call for Proposals, and subsequent observations, is contingent on the budget appropriation for the SOFIA project for that time period. For questions and assistance, please contact the SOFIA help desk at

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Draft text for Small Astrophysics Explorer (SMEX) released for comment

Comments Due:                                             August 4, 2014

SMD has released two draft solicitations for community review and comment: the Draft 2014 Small Astrophysics Explorer (SMEX) Announcement of Opportunity (AO) and the Draft 2014 Astrophysics Explorer Missions of Opportunity (MO) Program Element Appendix (PEA) for the Second Stand Alone Missions of Opportunity Notice (SALMON-2) AO. The full text of both draft solicitations will be available at, just search on SMEX on the front page.

The comment period for the Draft 2014 SMEX AO and the Draft 2014 Astrophysics Explorer MO PEA ends on August 4, 2014.

Comments on both drafts may be addressed to (subject line to read "SMEX AO"). Responses to all inquiries will be answered by E-mail and also posted weekly at the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) location of the Astrophysics Explorer Program Acquisition website at; anonymity of persons/institutions who submit questions will be preserved.

Call for nominations to serve on COPAG Executive Committee by August 18, 2014

NASA anticipates making at least two new (three year) appointments to the Cosmic Origins Program Analysis Group (COPAG) Executive Committee to replace two current members who will be rotating off. Detailed information about the structure and function of the COPAG can be found on the Web at Nominations for the COPAG Executive Committee should be submitted to Nominations must include both a cover letter and a one-page curriculum vitae summarizing the nominee’s relevant background. The cover letter should provide a description of the nominee’s area of expertise and qualifications for service on the COPAG Executive Committee. Self-nominations are welcome. The deadline for receipt of nominations is August 18, 2014, with announcement of selections anticipated on September 2014.

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