Published: 
Jan 13, 2020

Amendment 60: New mandatory NOI date and three new documents for Mars 2020 Participating Scientist Program.

This amendment announces that three new documents have been posted and that the due date for mandatory Notices of Intent for the Mars 2020 Participating Scientist Program has been delayed to January 27, 2020.

C.26 the Mars 2020 Participating Scientist Program is to enhance the scientific return from the mission by broadening participation in the mission, augmenting the existing Mars 2020 science team to include new investigations that broaden and/or complement the funded Principal Investigator-led investigations, thus maximizing the contribution of Mars 2020 to the future exploration and scientific understanding of Mars. The second important goal of this opportunity is to increase the number of scientists supporting daily mission operations.

The timing of this solicitation is designed to permit selection and training of participating scientists (PSs) in time to contribute fully to both pre-landing activities such as landing site analysis and to science operations immediately upon arrival at Mars. Selected participating scientists will become members of the Mars 2020 science team and be required to fulfill responsibilities similar to those of current science team members.

A FAQ, Helicopter Proposal Information Package, and Mars 2020 Science Team Guidelines have posted to the NSPIRES page for this program element, under "Other Documents". The due date for mandatory NOIs is now January 27, 2020. The due date for proposals remains unchanged.

Questions concerning this program element may be directed to Mitchell Schulte at mitchell.d.schulte@nasa.gov.