Daily Archives: January 23, 2012

Women In STEM High School Aerospace Scholars (WISH) – Application Deadline Feb 15, 2012

Dream.  Engineer. WISH.  Women In STEM High School Aerospace Scholars

Engineer your dream job!  Your adventure begins in 2012 with an online community and culminates with a summer experience at NASA Johnson Space Center in Summer 2012.  Collaborate with girls from across the country and female NASA engineers and interns.  Get ready to start your dream!   For specific project information, visit http://wish.aerospacescholars.org . Apply before February 15, 2012.

EXPLORE Your Dream Job
NASA wants you to become the engineers, scientists, researchers and innovators of tomorrow. The WISH project offers a one-of-a-kind experience for female high school students like you to jump start your future and explore the possibilities of a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related major or career.

FIND Your Dream Job
WISH wants female high school juniors from across the country to participate in our pilot project! Your adventure starts with an online community and culminates with a summer experience at NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Summer 2012.

CREATE Your Dream Job

  • Participate in an online community including chat sessions with subject matter experts
  • Complete online lessons covering past, present and future space exploration
  • Research about leading female STEM professionals
  • Attend the summer experience with selection based on application, participation in online activities and research, at no cost to you

APPLY Today!  Applicants need to be:

  • U.S. citizens
  • Female high school juniors
  • Interested and excited about STEM
  • Committed to a one-year relationship with Johnson Space Center
  • Have access to the Internet and email (at home, school or public library)

To apply, visit http://wish.aerospacescholars.org

NASA’s Orion Spacecraft to Land in Oklahoma, Texas and Alabama

A test version of NASA’s Orion spacecraft soon will make a cross-country journey, giving residents in three states the chance to see a full-scale test version of the vehicle that will take humans into deep space.

The crew module will make stops during a trip from the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The planned stops include Jan. 24-25 at Science Museum Oklahoma in Oklahoma City; Jan. 27-29 at Victory Park and the American Airlines Center in Dallas; and, Feb. 1-2 at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala. Engineers, program officials, astronauts and NASA spokespeople will be available to speak with the media and the public.

The full-scale test vehicle was used by ground crews in advance of the launch abort system flight test that took place in New Mexico in 2010. Orion will serve as the vehicle that takes astronauts beyond low-Earth orbit, and the first orbital flight test is scheduled for 2014.

To see photos of the pad abort test, visit http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/systems/mpcv/gallery/abort_test/index.htm .

For more information on the each of the sites, visit

Science Museum Oklahoma: http://www.sciencemuseumok.org.
American Airlines Center: http://www.americanairlinescenter.com.
U.S. Space and Rocket Center: http://www.ussrc.com.


1st Deadline Extended – Annual International Space Station Research and Development Conference

The 1st Annual International Space Station (ISS) Research and Development and Conference will be held June 26-28, 2012, at The Denver Marriott City Center. This conference is organized by the American Astronautical Society (AAS) in partnership with NASA and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space Inc. (CASIS). The program outline is posted at http://www.astronautical.org/node/96.

A Call for Papers is posted at http://www.astronautical.org/node/96.  Manuscripts are solicited on topics related to science and technology activities (past, present, planned and proposed) on the ISS, including but not limited to Biology and Biotechnology, Earth and Space Science, Human Research, Physical Sciences, Education Activities, and Technology and Exploration.  The abstract deadline has been extended to January 30, 2012.

This conference will focus on ISS research and development-research results and future opportunities in physical sciences, life sciences, Earth and space sciences, and spacecraft technology development. Plenary sessions will highlight major results and pathways to future opportunities.  Organizations managing and funding research on ISS, including NASA programs and the ISS National Laboratory will provide overviews of upcoming opportunities.  Parallel technical sessions will provide tracks for scientists to be updated on significant accomplishments to date within their disciplines.  The meeting also includes a workshop designed to help new users take this information and develop their own ideas for experiments using this unique laboratory.  Potential ISS users who attend will learn: “What can I do on the ISS?  How can I do it?  What are sources for funding?”

Please plan to join us for this first annual conference offering perspectives on the full breadth of research and technology development on ISS, including one stop for the full suite of opportunities for future research.  Details and registration information will be posted on the web site.


RFP – Earth System Science Pathfinder Program: Earth Venture Instrument – 1

Second Stand Alone Mission of Opportunity Notice Announcement of Opportunity including a Proposal Opportunity for the Earth System Science Pathfinder Program: Earth Venture Instrument – 1

Second Stand Alone Mission of Opportunity Notice (SALMON-2)
Notice Type: Solicitation
Release Date: February 7, 2012

Program Element Appendix: Earth Venture Instrument-1 (EVI-1)
Notice Type: Solicitation
Release Date: February 7, 2012
Notice of Intent to propose Due: March 22, 2012
Proposals Due: May 8, 2012

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate (SMD) is releasing a NASA Announcement of Opportunity (NNH12ZDA006O), entitled “Second Stand Alone Missions of Opportunity Notice (SALMON-2).” SALMON-2 is an omnibus AO that enables independent proposal opportunities that support the science, exploration, and technology objectives of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD), Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD), and Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT). Proposal opportunities will be added to SALMON-2 in the future through amendments and synopsized. This initial release of SALMON-2 includes one proposal opportunity for Earth Venture Instruments-1.

Concurrent with the release of SALMON-2, SALMON-1 (NNH08ZDA009O) is closed. The closing date of SALMON-1 is amended to be February 7, 2012, and no more program element appendices will be added to SALMON-1.

Earth Venture Instruments-1 is an element within the Earth System Science Pathfinder (ESSP) Program that conducts Principal Investigator (PI)-led Earth science investigations relevant to SMD’s Earth Science Division. This solicitation calls for proposals for complete PI-led science investigations requiring spaceflight instrument development. When deployed on a satellite selected by NASA, these spaceflight instruments will be used to conduct innovative, integrated, hypothesis- or scientific question-driven investigations addressing pressing Earth system science issues. This solicitation solicits investigations addressing any of the science focus areas in NASA’s Earth Science program.

This solicitation will be open from February 7, 2012, through May 8, 2012. Upon the release date, the full text of the AO and all appendices will be available electronically at http://nspires.nasaprs.com and at http://go.nasa.gov/SALMON2-AO. A preproposal conference will be held in mid-March 2012 in the Washington, DC, area; see http://essp.larc.nasa.gov/EV-I for details.

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

Direct questions specifically regarding this solicitation to: Dr. Kenneth Jucks, EVI-1 Program Scientist, Earth Science Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546; Tel.: (202) 358-0476; E-mail: Kenneth.W.Jucks@nasa.gov (subject line to read “EVI-1 AO”).

This notice constitutes a NASA Research Announcement as contemplated in FAR 6.102(d)(2).

ROSES-11 Amendment 38: Biodiversity Program joint solicitation with NSF

ROSES-11 Amendment 38: Final text of Appendix A.6, the Biodiversity Program, and notice of joint solicitation with NSF.

There is widespread concern about biodiversity declines across all organizational levels, particularly given that human actions may be driving a mass extinction event comparable to those seen in the geological record. As a result, the research community is seeking tools to understand the condition of biodiversity and how it is changing over time. To address biodiversity loss as a global issue requires us to integrate research efforts across multiple spatial and temporal scales and observe biodiversity at all of its levels of organization.

To catalyze progress in our understanding of biodiversity patterns, processes, and change, the NASA Biodiversity Program is soliciting proposals in conjunction with the National Science Foundation (NSF) Dimensions of Biodiversity Program for FY 2012. Through Dimensions of Biodiversity, NSF seeks to transform how we describe and understand the scope and role of life on Earth.

While NSF typically supports research at fine to coarser spatial scales, NASA, with its use of satellite imagery, generally supports research at coarse to finer scales. There is consequently strong complementarity in the research funded by the two agencies. This NASA-NSF partnership promotes the use of satellite remote sensing within the broad context of efforts at NSF to understand biodiversity and how it is changing across multiple dimensions and spatial scales.

This amendment presents the final text for the Biodiversity Program, announces a joint solicitation with NSF, and indicates that proposals should be submitted to the NSF not NASA. Proposals are due April 10, 2012.

On or about January 23, 2012, this Amendment to the NASA Research Announcement “Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2011” (NNH11ZDA001N) will be posted on the NASA research opportunity homepage at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ (select “Solicitations” then “Open Solicitations” then “NNH11ZDA001N”). You can now track amendments, clarifications, and corrections to ROSES and subscribe to an RSS feed at: http://nasascience.nasa.gov/researchers/sara/grant-solicitations/roses-2011

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