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ROSES 2013 Clarifications, corrections and amendments Clarification to Appendix C.13, MFRP, re: Habitability

Description: A notice has been added to Appendix C.13, The Mars Fundamental Research Program (MFRP) to answer inquiries about which projects excluded from Appendix C.17 might be relevant to MFRP. MFRP includes identifying past or present environments on Mars that have the potential to support microbial life. However, investigations exploring the capabilities of Terran life to survive, metabolize, and/or propagate in extreme environments are not considered part of MFRP.

Appendix C.13, The Mars Fundamental Research Program (MFRP) seeks the best and most innovative scientific research concerning atmospheric, climatological, geologic, geophysical, and geochemical processes on Mars. The program offers opportunities for Mars research beyond those available from analyses of spacecraft data alone.

A notice has been added to MFRP to answer inquiries about which projects from the Planetary Conditions for Life and Exobiology for Solar System Exploration categories that were excluded from Appendix C.17 might be relevant to this MFRP. MFRP includes identifying past or present environments on Mars that have the potential to support microbial life.  However, investigations exploring the capabilities of Terran life to survive, metabolize, and/or propagate in extreme environments are not considered part of MFRP.

Questions about this call may be directed to Mitchell Schulte at HQ-MFRP@mail.nasa.gov or Mitchell.D.Schulte@nasa.gov

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