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NASA Extends Contract for Pluto Mission
Dwayne Brown
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202.358.1726)

Steve Roy
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.

News release: 07-015

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - NASA will provide an additional $50.9 million to Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colo., to continue operations for the agency’s Pluto New Horizons mission.

The extension to the original cost-plus-fixed-fee contract will increase the overall value of the existing $56.9 million contract action to a total of $107.8 million. The modification provides support through Jan. 17, 2017.

Activities covered under the contract include science planning and instrument support for the upcoming Jupiter encounter; corresponding data-collection, transmission and analysis; and instrument planning and coordination for the transition of the spacecraft into hibernation mode in late 2007. Additional activities include support for spacecraft and instrument annual checkouts; planning and encounter tests, data transmission, analysis and archiving.

New Horizons is the first mission in NASA’s New Frontiers Program. NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, Ala., manages the program of medium-class spacecraft exploration projects for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. The principal investigator is located at the Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colo. Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Md., manages the mission for NASA. The mission team also includes NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.; NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.; the U.S. Department of Energy, Washington; and several firms and university partners.

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