Bradford A. Smith, a pioneer in space science and participant in numerous NASA missions, died in his home aged 86 on July 3, 2018. Smith played a major role in expanding humankind’s view of the Solar System, and took part in many missions that helped shape astrobiology science goals, including the Mariner 6, 7 and 9 missions, the Viking mission to Mars, the Hubble Space Telescope, and the Voyager mission. Smith also co-discovered the circumstellar disk at Beta Pictoris, providing some of the earliest evidence that planetary systems might exist around distant stars.

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