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Life Detection Centennial Challenge RFI

NASA is seeking input on a life detection Centennial Challenge proposed to start in 2017. The challenge focuses on building and demonstrating a scientific instrument capable of detecting evidence of Earth-type life in a small (10 mL) liquid sample provided to the instrument. Comments must be submitted in electronic form no later than 11:59 pm Eastern Time on January 27, 2017, to Ms. Monsi Roman at Please use Life Detection Challenge RFI on the subject line. The full text of the Request For Information (RFI) is available at The main point of contact for this RFI is Melinda E. Swenson, who may be reached at