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Collision with a Comet - July 4, 2005! DEEP IMPACT is a radical mission to excavate the interior of a comet to launch in 2004 as part of NASA's Discovery Program. The Deep Impact mission will send a 350-kilogram (770-pound) copper projectile into comet 9P/Tempel 1, creating a crater as big as a football field and as deep as a seven-story building. A camera and infrared spectrometer on the spacecraft, along with ground-based observatories, will study the resulting icy debris blasted off the comet, as well as the pristine interior material exposed by the impact.

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Overview of 2005 SERCH Funding Opportunity
The objective of this SERCH opportunity is to support education and outreach initiatives, within the SERCH region, that will increase the awareness and understanding of Earth-Sun system science, solar system research and universe exploration. SERCH is particularly interested in proposals for education and outreach efforts that support the vision and mission of NASA, NASA’s Vision for Education, the Science Mission Directorate (SMD) goals and the Support Network Forums.

Furthermore, SERCH is interested in proposals for education and outreach efforts that support the Broker/Facilitator operating principles, which include:

Establishing strong and lasting partnerships between the space science and education communities.
Highly leveraged programs/projects, relying upon a multiplier effect to reach as many communities, teachers, and students as possible.
Being inclusive of the broadest possible audience. Activities that foster the meaningful participation of underserved/underrepresented groups are encouraged.

Timetable for 2005 Opportunity

February 1, 2005

Funding Opportunity released.

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MARCH 28, 2005 Deadline for submitting the letter of intent (including abstract) at the SERCH web page:
May 2, 2005 Deadline for postmark of proposals. Send to your state Space Grant office: See table below for point of contact and Space Grant URL.
Note 1: Proposals sent to the SERCH home office will not be considered.
Note 2: Proposals received without the required number of copies (1 original plus 5 copies) will not be considered.
May 23, 2005

Selected proposals from Space Grants.

May 31, 2005

Send proposals to reviewers.

June 30, 2005

Deadline for submitting reviews/evaluations.

July 14, 2005

Award notifications sent to you and your state Space Grant office.

August 1, 2005

Anticipated start date of funded project.

August 15, 2005 Project description and pertinent contact information (name, email and project URL) for posting at the SERCH website due.
December 15, 2005

Interim report due to SERCH and your state Space Grant office. Reporting requirements will be sent to you via electronic mail.

July 1, 2006 Final report due to SERCH and your state Space Grant office. Reporting requirements will be sent to you via electronic mail.

Space Grant Contact Information

Jackie Reasoner + Email + Visit Alabama SG site
Sue Hawkins + Email + Visit Arkansas SG site
Megan Kemble + Email + Visit DCSG site
Jaydeep Mukherjee + Email + Visit Florida SG site
Wanda Pierson + Email + Visit Georgia SG site
Karen Hackney + Email + Visit Kentucky SG site
Karen Johnson + Email + Visit Louisiana SG site
Greg Guzik + Email
Anne Anikis + Email + Visit Maryland SG site
Margaret Schaff  + Email + Visit Mississippi SG site
Jean Page + Email + Visit North Carolina SG site
Yari M. Colón + Email + Visit Puerto Rico SG site
Tara Scozzaro + Email + Visit South Carolina SG site
Ellie Weiss Rosenbloom + Email + Visit Tennessee SG site
Chris Carter + Email + Visit Virginia SG site
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