NASA Plans Up to $100M in Mars 2020 Program Grants

NASA has announced that it will release a list of grant opportunities worth up to $100 million for work supporting its spaceflight mission to Mars, scheduled to kickoff in 2020.

The agency wants to identify robotic and human exploration technologies such as unmanned vehicles and payloads for the Mars 2020 program, NASA said in a notice of intent released Monday.

An announcement of opportunity will be released before Sept. 16, while Mars 2020 is set for a July or August launch of that year.

NASA says it aims to "quantitatively assess Mars as a potential habitat for life, to search for signs of past life, and to collect carefully selected samples for possible future return to Earth."

A preproposal video/teleconference will take place two-to-three weeks after the AO is released.

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