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For Release: May 29, 1998

Janice Johnson

(757) 864-6123

RELEASE NO. 98-025


Exploring and developing the space frontier will expand the human experience into the far reaches of space. The "Human Exploration and Development of Space" will be presented by William Smith at a colloquium at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2 at the NASA H.J.E. Reid Conference Center.

Smith, Deputy Director of the Space and Atmospheric Sciences Programs Group at NASA Langley Research Center, will explore how the marriage of robotics and human capabilities will be used to overcome the challenges of distance, time and environment in preparing to conduct human missions of exploration to other planetary bodies. Smith's main focus will be on the conduct of the Mars Human Exploration mission, from launch to return of the explorers.

Smith has held a variety of positions with NASA Headquarters in the Office of Space Flight, the Office of Exploration and the Office of Space Sciences. He has been involved in Gemini, Apollo, Skylab and Space Shuttle development. Smith has also had management responsibilities for other missions, including the Mars Surveyor Program.

A media briefing will be held at 1:15 p.m. in the Wythe Room of the Reid Conference Center, 14 Langley Boulevard in Hampton. Media who wish to attend this briefing should contact Janice Johnson (757) 864-6123.

A similar presentation will be given by Smith at 7:30 p.m. at the Virginia Air and Space Center in Hampton.


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