Discovery Program Acquisition.

Discovery Program Acquisition.

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Date of synchronization with the Discovery 2019 AO: 04/24/2019; changes from the AO in square brackets.
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Strategic Documents

  1. NPD 1001.0C, 2018 NASA Strategic Plan
  2. 2014 [Science Mission Directorate ]Science Plan
    The National Research Council 2013 Planetary Decadal Survey, Vision and Voyages for Planetary Science in the Decade 2013-2022, may be accessed at

Program Analysis Group Reports

  1. Goals, Objectives, and Investigations for Venus Exploration
  2. The Lunar Exploration Roadmap: Exploring the Moon in the 21st Century: Themes, Goals, Objectives, Investigations, and Priorities, 201[6]
  3. Mars Science Goals, Objectives, Investigations, and Priorities: 201[8 Version]
  4. Scientific Goals for Exploration of the Outer Solar System
  5. [Goals and Objectives for the Exploration and Investigation of the Solar System's Small Bodies]

Program Specific Documents

  1. PMP-PLAN-001, Planetary Missions Program Plan
  2. Discovery Program Commitment Agreement
  3. DISC-RQMT-002[ Baseline], [Planetary Missions ]Program [Office ]Safety and Mission Assurance Guidelines and Requirements document[ and DISC-PLAN-006B, Discovery Program Office Safety and Mission Assurance Implementation Plan]
  4. Guidelines and Criteria for the Phase A Concept Study (amended 7/22/2020)
  5. ELV Launch Services Information Summary
  6. Available Spectrum and Channel Limits By Allocated Service]
  7. Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) Mission Operations and Communications Services (MOCS)
  8. The Explanatory Guide to the NASA Science Mission Directorate Educational Merit Evaluation Factors for Student Collaboration Elements version 1.1. (NOTE: References and email addresses in this document are unreliable. For example, the guide does not reflect changes to NASA grant and cooperative regulations reflecting new OMB Uniform Guidance, 2 CFR Part 200, implemented by NASA on December 26, 2014.)
  9. System Level TRL 6 Examples
  10. SMD Mission Extension Paradigm
  11. Microsoft Excel version of the template tables in the AO:
    Table B1: Example Science Traceability Matrix
    Table B2: Example Mission Traceability Matrix
    Table B3a: [PI Managed Mission] Cost RY$ Profile Template
    Table B3b: Total Mission Cost FY$ Profile Template
    Table B5: Master Equipment List
  12. SPD-19, Meeting the 70% JCL Requirement in PI-led Missions
  13. Draft Model Contract for Phases B/C/D/E
  14. [Entry, Descent and Landing (EDL) Instrumentation Engineering Science Investigation (ESI) Proposal Details and Programmatic Structure]
  15. [Entry, Descent and Landing (EDL) Instrumentation Engineering Science Investigation (ESI) Goals and Objectives]
  16. [X-Ray Computed Tomography Inspection of the Stardust Heat Shield]
  17. [Entry Performance of the Mercury Spacecraft Heat Shield]
  18. [Analysis of the Heat-Shield Experiment on the Pioneer-Venus Entry Probes]
  19. [Sample Return Primer and Handbook]
  20. [Statement of Federal Financial Accounting Standards 4: Managerial Cost Accounting Standards and Concepts]
  21. [Mars Relay Description for Discovery 2019 Proposals]
  22. [Electra Mars Proximity-Link Communications and Navigation Payload Description]
  23. [Electra-Lite Mars Proximity-Link Communications and Navigation Payload Description]
  24. [Discovery Budget Summary, Exhibit A]
  25. [NASA FY17 Inflation Tables - to be utilized in FY18]
  26. [Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (MMRTG) Fact Sheet]
  27. [Radioisotope Heater Unit (RHU) Fact Sheet]
  28. [HEEET: Innovative New TPS for Extreme Entry]
  29. [HEEET Project Final Report - Executive Summary for Design Data Book]
  30. SPD-31, Student Collaboration
  31. Conflicted Parties List Template
  32. Sample International Agreements
    1. With Belgium for Juno
    2. With France for MSL
  33. Space Systems Protection FAQs

NASA and Federal Documents

  1. NPR 7120.5E, NASA Space Flight Program and Project Management Requirements
  2. NPR 7123.1B, NASA Systems Engineering Processes and Requirements
  3. NPR 8020.109A, Planetary Protection Provisions for Robotic Extraterrestrial Missions
  4. NPD 8020.7G, Biological Contamination Control for Outbound and Inbound Planetary Spacecraft
  5. NPD 7100.10F, Curation of Institutional Scientific Collections
  6. NASA HDBK 6022, NASA Handbook for the Microbiological Examination of Space Hardware
  7. NASA/CP 2002 211842, A Draft Test Protocol for Detecting Possible Biohazards in Martian Samples Returned to Earth
  8. NASA/SP-2016-3404/REV1, NASA WBS Handbook
  9. NPR 8715.6B, NASA Procedural Requirements for Limiting Orbital Debris
  10. NASA STD 8719.14A, NASA Process for Limiting Orbital Debris
  11. NPR 8715.3D, NASA General Safety Program Requirements
  12. NPR 8705.4, Risk Classification for NASA Payloads
  13. NPD 2521.1B, Communications and Material Review
  14. NPR 2200.2D, Requirements for Documentation, Approval and Dissemination of Scientific and Technical Information
  15. NASA Plan for Increasing Access to the Results of Scientific Research
  16. [Presidential Policy Directive PPD-26, National Space Transportation Policy, dated November 21, 2013]
  17. [NPD 1360.2B, Initiation and Development of International Cooperation in Space and Aeronautics Programs]
  18. [NPD 8610.23C, Launch Vehicle Technical Oversight Policy]
  19. [NPD 8610.7D, NASA Launch Services Risk Mitigation Policy for NASA-Owned and/or NASA-Sponsored Payloads/Missions]
  20. NASA STD 1006, NASA Space System Protection Standard
  21. Additional NASA and Federal Documents

    All NASA Policy Directives (NPD) and NASA Procedural Requirements (NPR) documents referenced in this AO may be found in the NASA Online Directives Information System (NODIS) Library (

    NPR 1600.1A, NASA Security Program Procedural Requirements
    NPD 1360.2B, Initiation and Development of International Cooperation in Space and Aeronautics Programs
    NPR 7150.2B, NASA Software Engineering Requirements
    NPD 5101.32E, Procurement, Financial Assistance
    NPR 8580.1A, Implementing the National Environmental Policy Act and Executive Order 1211
    NPD 8610.7D, Launch Services Risk Mitigation Policy for NASA-Owned and/or NASA-Sponsored Payloads/Missions
    NPD8610.12H, Orbital Transportation Services

    NASA technical standards documents may be found in the public access portion of the NASA Standards and Technical Assistance Resource Tool (START) (

    NASA-STD-8739.8, Standard for Software Assurance

    NASA technical reports may be found on the NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) (

    NASA/SP-2016-6105 Rev 2, NASA Systems Engineering Handbook

    The Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) may be accessed at The following parts of the Federal Acquisition Regulations are referenced in this AO.

    FAR 15.403-4, "Requiring certified cost or pricing data (10 U.S.C. 2306a and 41 U.S.C. 254b)"
    FAR 15.403-5, "Instructions for submission of certified cost or pricing data and data other than certified cost or pricing data"
    FAR 22.808, "Complaints" [Note that this is incorrectly indicated in the AO as being included in the Program Library.]
    FAR 33.101, "Definitions"
    FAR 52.219-8, "Utilization of Small Business Concerns"
    FAR 52.219-9, "Small Business Subcontracting Plan"
    FAR 52.222-26, "Equal Opportunity"
    FAR 52.226-2, "Historically Black College or University and Minority Institution Representation"
    FAR 52.227-11, "Patent Rights - Ownership by the Contractor"
    FAR 52.227-14, "Rights in Data - General"
    FAR 52.233-2, "Service of Protest"

    The NASA FAR Supplement (NFS) may be accessed at The following parts of the NASA FAR Supplement are referenced in this AO.

    NFS 1815.208, "Submission, modification, revision, and withdrawal of proposals"
    NFS 1835.016-70, "Foreign participation under broad agency announcements (BAAs)"
    NFS 1852.227-11, "Patent Rights--Retention by the Contractor (Short Form)"
    NFS 1852.227-70, "New Technology"
    NFS 1852.227-71, "Requests for Waiver of Rights to Inventions"
    NFS 1852.233-70, "Protests to NASA"
    NFS 1852.234-2, "Earned Value Management System"
    NFS 1872.404, "Categorization"
    NFS 1872.306, "Proposals submitted by NASA investigators"

    NASA Procurement Information Circulars (PICs) may be accessed at

    The Code of Federal regulations (CFR) may be accessed at The following parts of the Code of Federal Regulations are referenced in this AO.

    2 CFR 200.466, "Scholarships and student aid costs"
    14 CFR Part 1250, "Nondiscrimination in Federally-Assisted Programs of NASA"
    14 CFR Part 1265, "Governmentwide Debarment and Suspension (Nonprocurement)"
    15 CFR Parts 730-774, "Export Administration Regulations"
    22 CFR Parts120-130, "International Traffic in Arms Regulations"
    48 CFR 15.408, "Solicitation provisions and contract clauses"

    The United States Code (USC) may be accessed at The following parts of the United States Code are referenced in this AO.

    42 USC 4321 et seq., "National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended"

    Executive Orders may be accessed at register/executive orders/. The following Executive Orders are referenced in this AO.

    Executive Order 11246, "Equal employment opportunity" (see [Note that this document is incorrectly indicated in the AO as being included in the Program Library.]
    Executive Order 12114, "Environmental effects abroad of major Federal actions" (see

    Homeland Security Presidential Directive HSPD 12 (see