NASA Astrobiology Program

Carl Pilcher Returns to NAI as Interim Director

By Keith Cowing
September 11, 2014
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Carl Pilcher Returns to NAI as Interim Director

The NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) welcomes back Dr. Carl B. Pilcher as NAI Interim Director.

Carl returned to the Institute August 11, 2014, serving on a half-time basis for approximately one year, as the selection of a permanent director is completed.

Dr. Pilcher has had careers in both academia and NASA management. Dr. Pilcher retired as Director of the NAI in early 2013, after leading the Institute for more than six years. Prior to directing the Institute, he was the Senior Scientist for Astrobiology at NASA Headquarters with overall management responsibility for NASA’s Astrobiology Program.

You can read Dr. Pilcher’s complete bio at:

Explorers Club Fellow, ex-NASA Space Station Payload manager/space biologist, Away Teams, Journalist, Lapsed climber, Synaesthete, Na’Vi-Jedi-Freman-Buddhist-mix, ASL, Devon Island and Everest Base Camp veteran, (he/him) 🖖🏻