Draft AO for Astrophysics Explorers Program 2016 Medium Explorer (MIDEX) Missions Released for Community Comment

Draft AO for Astrophysics Explorers Program 2016 Medium Explorer (MIDEX) Missions Released for Community Comment

Release Date: July 14, 2016
Comments Due: August 4, 2016
Identification Number: NNH16ZDA006J (Draft 2016 Astrophysics Medium Explorer (MIDEX) AO)

On July 14, 2016, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate (SMD) is releasing a draft solicitation for community review and comment: the Draft 2016 Astrophysics Medium Explorer (MIDEX) Announcement of Opportunity (AO). Upon the release date, the full text of the draft solicitation will be available at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/.

The Draft 2016 Astrophysics Explorer Missions of Opportunity (MO) Program Element Appendix (PEA) for the Second Stand Alone Missions of Opportunity Notice (SALMON-2) AO is expected to be released approximately a week later.

The Astrophysics Explorers Program conducts Principal Investigator (PI)-led space science investigations relevant to SMD’s astrophysics programs. Explorer investigations must address NASA’s goals to discover the origin, structure, evolution, and destiny of the Universe and search for Earth-like planets.

Participation is open to all categories of organizations or institutions, U.S. or non-U.S., including educational, industrial, and not-for-profit institutions, Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs), NASA Centers, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and other Government agencies.

The comment period for the Draft 2016 MIDEX AO ends on August 4, 2016.

The issuance of the Draft 2016 Astrophysics Medium Explorer AO does not obligate NASA to issue the 2016 Astrophysics Medium Explorer (MIDEX) AO and solicit proposals. Any costs incurred by prospective investigators in preparing submissions in response to any of these draft solicitations are incurred completely at the submitter’s own risk.

Comments on the draft may be addressed by E-mail to the Astrophysics Explorers Program Scientist, Dr. Wilton T. Sanders, E-mail: wilton.t.sanders@nasa.gov (subject line to read “MIDEX AO”). Responses to all inquiries will be answered by E-mail and also posted weekly at the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) location of the Astrophysics Explorer Program Acquisition website at http://explorers.larc.nasa.gov/APMIDEX2016/MIDEX/; anonymity of persons/institutions who submit questions will be preserved.