Amendment 3: New proposal opportunity in Appendix C.25 the Venus Climate Orbiter Participating Scientist Program (VCO PSP). This amendment establishes a new program element in Appendix C.25 entitled "Venus Climate Orbiter Participating Scientist Program (VCO PSP)" which will be posted on or about May 7, 2010. The objectives of the VCO PSP is to enhance, aid in data archival, and supplement Venus science to be performed by the Venus Climate Orbiter (VCO, or AKATSUKI). The VCO PSP investigations aim to understand the atmospheric circulation using global atmospheric map by utilizing VCO’s five cameras (from UV to IR wavelengths), and by measuring the vertical structure of the atmosphere with radio occultation techniques. VCO’s systematic, and continuous observations should provide a complete dataset of the Venusian atmospheric dynamics that complements the Venus Express observations and prior Venus missions. Up to two Participating Scientists in residence will be selected to reside in Japan (ISAS) and work with the VCO Science Team to reduce and archive data.
Notices of Intent are due June 11, 2010 and proposals are due August 6, 2010 and Tables 2 and 3 of the Summary of Solicitation for this NRA have been updated to reflect the creation of this program.
Questions concerning this program may be addressed to Adriana Ocampo - (202) 358-2152.