For release: April 30, 1997
RELEASE NO. 97-027
The design and development of a series of small planetary exploration spacecraft is proceeding rapidly at NASA and industry centers across the country. On Tuesday, May 6, at 2 p.m., in the H.J.E. Reid Conference Center, Dr. Robert Braun will discuss the elements of the robotic and piloted exploration programs, as well as Langleys past contributions, present role, and possibilities for future involvement.
A similar presentation will be given by Braun on NASAs Mars exploration strategy at 7:30 p.m. that evening at the Virginia Air and Space Center (VASC), Hampton.
Braun has a bachelors degree in aerospace engineering from Pennsylvania State University, a masters in aeronautics from The George Washington University, and a doctorate in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University.
Braun has been a member of the Mars Pathfinder design team since 1992 and is the only non-JPL member of the Pathfinder entry, descent, and land operations team.
Braun has led Langleys Mars Pathfinder analysis efforts, for which he received the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal in 1996.
He has also worked on the designs of the New Millennium Mars Microprobes, scheduled for launch in January, 1999, and is currently leading NASA Langleys Mars 2001 aerocapture team.
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