JPL Names Manager Of Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Project NASA

James Graf of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., has been named manager of NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter mission. As project manager, Graf will oversee all aspects of the development and operations of the mission, proposed for launch in August 2005. The mission will conduct remote sensing of the planet’s surface to identify evidence of past or present water and will help identify safe and scientifically exciting landing sites for future robotic and perhaps someday human missions. The Reconnaissance Orbiter will also establish a telecommunications link for future missions.