Deputy Project Manager
Mars Exploration Rover Project
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California
Richard P. Brace is deputy project manager for NASA's Mars Exploration Rover project. He has served in that role at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory since the project's inception in May 2000. He and the project manager coordinate the work of diverse teams preparing for the 2003 launch of two mobile science laboratories that will reach Mars in January 2004.
Brace earned his bachelor's degree in physics from California State University, Los Angeles, in 1974. His spacecraft career began with NASA's Viking project, which delivered two orbiters and two landers to Mars in 1976.
Subsequent positions included roles on the NASA Scatterometer, the Galileo mission to Jupiter and the Cassini mission to Saturn. NASA awarded Brace an exceptional service medal for his work on Galileo and an outstanding leadership medal for his work on Cassini.
NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center