National Environmental Policy Act: Mars 2020 Mission
Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), the Council on Environmental Quality Regulations for Implementing the Procedural Provisions of NEPA (40 CFR Parts 1500-1508), and NASA policy and procedures (14 CFR Part 1216 subpart 1216.3), NASA has prepared and issued a DEIS for the proposed Mars 2020 mission. The purpose of this notice is to apprise interested agencies, organizations, and individuals of the availability of the DEIS and to invite comments on the document during a 45-day public comment period. The DEIS addresses the potential environmental impacts associated with implementing the proposed mission. The purpose of the proposed mission is to continue NASA's in-depth exploration of Mars with a mobile science laboratory (rover). The DEIS includes: Descriptions of the proposed Mars 2020 mission, spacecraft, and candidate launch vehicles; an overview of the potentially affected environment at and near the launch site; and the potential environmental consequences associated with the Proposed Action and Alternatives, including the No Action Alternative. The DEIS is available at the NASA Mars 2020 NEPA Web site at: http://www.nasa.gov/ agency/nepa/mars2020eis.