WATER WORLD ADDITIONS TO PICASSO, MATISSE, AND PSTAR AND DELAY OF MATISSE DUE DATES

The Planetary Instrument Concepts for the Advancement of Solar System Observations (PICASSO) and Maturation of Instruments for Solar System Exploration (MatISSE) Programs support the development of spacecraft-based instruments. Planetary Science and Technology Through Analog Research (PSTAR) program supports investigations focused on exploring the relevant environments on Earth in order to develop a sound technical and scientific basis to conduct planetary research on other solar system bodies. Amendment 7 adds text to those program elements noting that instruments focused on the detection of extant life in the “Ocean Worlds” of the outer Solar System are especially of interest and will be considered for separate funding from the Outer Planets and Ocean Worlds Program.

The due dates for MatISSE have changed. MatISSE Step-1 proposals are now due May 20, 2016 and Step-2 proposals are now due July 21, 2016.

Questions concerning program element PICASSO may be directed to James Gaier (james.r.gaier@nasa.gov).

Questions concerning program element MatISSE may be directed to William B. Cook (william.b.cook@nasa.gov).

Questions concerning program element PSTAR may be directed to Sarah Noble (sarah.noble-1@nasa.gov) or Mary Voytek (mary.voytek-1@nasa.gov).

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