Mission Director - Kepler Mission
Mission Operations in the Space Projects Division at NASA Ames Research Center
Marcie Smith received her masters in Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering at Stanford University in 1980 and has been fortunate to have worked in unmanned planetary science flight operations ever since. She began as a flight operations engineer for the Pioneer program, and has managed flight operations for Galileo Probe, Lunar Prospector and Gravity Probe B. She is currently the Mission Director for the Kepler mission. Kepler is designed to survey a portion of our region of the Milky Way galaxy to discover dozens of Earth-size planets in or near the habitable zone and determine how many of the billions of stars in our galaxy have such planets.
Marcie is also a private pilot and flies a Cessna 182. She is an active member of the 99s – the International Organization of Women Pilots, and whenever she can flies for Angel Flight, an organization where private pilots use their airplanes to fly patients to medical appointments.