Astrophysics Investments for Planetary Science

NASA’s Astrophysics Investments Website for the Planetary Science Community
Jim Green, Director, Planetary Science Division, NASA
Paul Hertz, Director, Astrophysics Division, NASA

NASA’s Astrophysics Missions are available for the use of the entire science community to advance important science objectives independent of which NASA Division manages the programs.  The planetary science community has benefited from both using the tools and science derived from NASA’s astrophysics investments. This has been occurring for a long time and we want to highlight this great relationship that our two disciplines have continued to develop over the years. We truly believe that the collaboration benefits both scientific disciplines and furthermore, that the best insights comes from interdisciplinary interactions between many scientific fields.

With the goal of engaging the planetary community in taking part in further potential observations from astrophysics missions and continued astrophysics collaborations, we held workshops at the Division of Planetary Science (DPS) meeting through a collaboration of the Astrophysics and Planetary Science Divisions. As a result and with the goal of providing continuous information to the community we are creating a website that would keep updates about the missions proposals schedules as well as links to white papers and presentations that would help our community.

This website is not meant to replace the missions websites, but provide, as much as possible a portal for our community interested in using those investments.

It is quite apparent that we have been experiencing a renaissance of planetary science using astrophysics missions. We deeply appreciate how these two communities of scientists have started to work together in understanding the origin and evolution of our Solar System and all the diversity of objects within. When we look at the sky at night, we now know that the stars we see have solar systems similar to our own.  This is the new paradigm that has drawn us more closely together.

Important Deadlines for Astrophysics Investments

Hubble Cycle 24: dates not posted, but their announcements can be found at:

Spitzer Cycle 13 Call For Proposals
Release Date: 9 February 2016
Frontier Legacy & Exploration Science Letters of Intent Due: 24 March 2016
Proposal Deadline: 8 June 2016, 4:00 PM PDT
More information

NASA Infrared Telescope Facility Observing Proposals. The due date for the 2017A semester (February 1, 2017 to July 31, 2017) is Monday, October 3, 2016. 
See our online submission form, which is available for proposal submission from 12:00AM on September 01, 2016 until 5:00PM on October 03, 2016 HST.

Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) Cycle 5 observations (February 1, 2017, to January 31, 2018). The deadline for submitting proposals: July 8, 2016. Proposal selections will be announced in early October 2016. Details at

The K2 Guest Observer – Cycle 5 program element solicits proposals for the acquisition and analysis of new scientific data from the K2 mission ( Only Campaign 16 is affected by this announcement. Campaigns 14 and 15 remain unchanged.
Step-1 proposals are now due November 3, 2016, and full Step-2 proposals are due December 15, 2016.

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