Carle M. Pieters

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Carle M. Pieters
EducationB.A. (1966) in Math Education; B.S. (1971), M.S. (1972), and Ph.D. (1977) in Planetary Science
Alma materAntioch College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
OccupationPlanetary Scientist
EmployerBrown University

Carle McGetchin Pieters (born 1943) is a noted American planetary scientist. Dr. Pieters has published more than 150 research articles in peer-reviewed journals and was co-author of the book Remote Geochemical Analyses: Elemental and Mineralogical Composition along with Peter Englert. Her general research efforts include planetary exploration and evolution of planetary surfaces with an emphasis on remote compositional analyses.[1]


Pieters earned her B.A. from Antioch College in 1966 in math education. After teaching high school math for one year in Massachusetts, she spent two years teaching science as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malaysia. Upon her return to the US, she received her B.S. (1971), M.S. (1972) and Ph.D. (1977) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Planetary Science. Dr. Pieters spent three years at NASA Johnson Space Center before becoming a professor at Brown University in 1980 and has remained there ever since. She is the Principal Investigator for the Moon Mineralogy Mapper, an imaging spectrometer (0.4-3.0 µm) designed to characterize and map the mineralogy of the Moon at high resolution, an instrument that was sent to the Moon on the Indian Chandraayan-1 spacecraft. She is also a co-investigator on NASA's Dawn mission to the asteroids Vesta and Ceres. Additionally, she is a sitting member of the NASA Advisory Council's Planetary Protection Subcommittee and a Fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Geophysical Union.[2]

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  1. ^ "Geology Dept Faculty: Carle Pieters". Brown University. Retrieved 13 April 2011.
  2. ^ "NAC Science Committee Member Biographies". NASA.
  3. ^ "2010 GK Gilbert Award". Geological Society of America. Retrieved 13 April 2011.
  4. ^ "2004 DPS prize recipients". Retrieved 13 April 2011.
  5. ^ "AAAS Members Elected as Fellows 2007". Archived from the original on 6 August 2011. Retrieved 13 April 2011.