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For release: April 30, 1997

Shenetha Wilburn
(757) 864-7060

RELEASE NO. 97-027

Dr. Robert D. Braun Presents Colloquium: “A New Era of Planetary Exploration”

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 Langley’s past contributions, present role, and possibilities for future involvement.

A similar presentation will be given by Braun on NASA’s Mars exploration strategy at 7:30 p.m. that evening at the Virginia Air and Space Center (VASC), Hampton.

Braun has a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from Pennsylvania State University, a master’s 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 Langley’s 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 Langley’s Mars 2001 aerocapture team.

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