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Senior Review 2020 for Extension of Earth Science Operating Missions

Earth Science Missions.

Missions Included in the 2020 Senior Review (credit NASA). View Full Size

NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD)/Earth Science Division (ESD) periodically conducts reviews of on-orbit missions in extended operations to maximize the scientific return of the Earth Science mission fleet within finite resources, a process called the Senior Review for Extension of Earth Science Operating Missions. NASA uses the findings from these reviews to define an implementation strategy and give programmatic direction and budgetary guidelines to the missions and projects concerned for the next 6 fiscal years (matching the Federal government's budget planning cycle). This Senior Review 2020 for Extension of Earth Science Operating Missions (2020 ESD Senior Review) call describes the objectives and process for the review, including the scope, schedule and evaluation criteria, the 2020 ESD Senior Review panels, and provides instructions for the preparation and submission of proposals and in-person presentations to the review panel.

Modified Schedule to Accommodate COVID-19 Impacts:

2020 ESD Senior Review Schedule (Updated Marh 31, 2020)
Mission Team Feedback at AGU: December 8, 2019
Call for Proposals Issued: December 20, 2019
Proposals Due: March 6, 2020
National Interests Panel Meets: April 28 & July 6-7, 2020
Senior Review Panel Meets: May 12&14 and July 8-10, 2020
Panel Questions to Mission Teams: May 21, 2020
Publication of the Panel’s Report: August 15, 2020


For further information, please contact the Senior Review Program Officer:
Jamie Wicks
Earth Science Division
Science Mission Directorate
NASA Headquarters
Washington DC 20546-0001
Telephone: (202) 358-4649



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2020 ESD Senior Review Information