Aired November 2, 2017
We welcome to SAGANet, Dr. Carl Pilcher, former director of the NASA Astrobiology Institute! Dr. Pilcher has had careers in both academia and NASA management. He came to the NASA Ames Research Center from NASA Headquarters, where he was the Senior Scientist for Astrobiology with overall management responsibility for NASA’s astrobiology program.
His career began with bachelors and doctorate degrees in chemistry from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, respectively. While still a graduate student, he led scientific teams that discovered water ice in Saturn’s rings and on three of Jupiter’s Galilean satellites including Europa, now a high priority astrobiology exploration target because of its subsurface liquid water ocean.