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Robert Kraemer dies at 84; former NASA head of planetary exploration
Robert Kraemer dies at 84; former NASA head of planetary exploration

Robert S. Kraemer, NASA's former director of planetary exploration who was also an expert in rocket engines, died Aug. 20 at an assisted living home in Catonsville, Md., of complications from a fall, his family said. He was 84. Kraemer joined NASA in 1967 and, in one of his early assignments, managed the development of a Mars surface laboratory mission at NASA's headquarters in Washington. After the project was canceled because of congressional concerns, he was appointed manager of advanced planetary programs and technology and in 1970 was named director of planetary programs. "In this position he oversaw the successful completion of 12 missions to launch spacecraft into...

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