Press Release

USGS Planetary Geologist Michael H. Carr Named AAAS Fellow

By SpaceRef Editor
February 12, 2002
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Note to Editors: Interviews with Mike Carr can be arranged by calling him at

Dr. Michael H. Carr, a planetary geologist at the U.S. Geological Survey
(USGS) who has participated in almost every U.S., Russian and European
mission to Mars, will be installed as a “Fellow” in the American Association
for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), on Saturday, February 16, at the AAAS
Annual Meeting in Boston, Mass. Each year the AAAS bestows this honor to
members whose “efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its
applications are scientifically or socially distinguished.”

Born May 26, 1935 in Leeds, England, Carr received a bachelor-of-science
degree in geology from the University of London in 1956, and in 1960 he
received a Ph.D. in geology from Yale University. He spent the next two
years as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Western Ontario,

Since joining the USGS in 1962, “Mars Mike,” as he is known among
colleagues, has worked primarily in lunar and planetary studies. In the
1960s he participated in the USGS’s lunar geologic mapping program and in a
variety of Apollo program activities that included briefing and training
astronauts in the geology of landscapes expected at lunar landing sites and
in selecting rock samples to bring back to Earth that could tell a story.

In the 1970s, Carr was a member of the Mariner 9 imaging team and, as leader
of the Viking orbiter imaging team, he directed the acquisition of 55,000
pictures of Mars and their subsequent interpretation. He participated in the
selection of the site for the July 4, 1997 landing of Pathfinder on Mars,
but missed seeing live coverage of the Pathfinder landing, because at that
moment he was leading the San Mateo County Mounted Sheriff’s Patrol down the
streets of Redwood City, Calif., in the Fourth of July parade.

Carr has authored more than 150 publications, including two books, “The
Surface of Mars,” and “Water on Mars.” Among his many awards are a NASA
Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement (1977); the Department of
Interior Meritorious Service (1979) and Distinguished Service (1988) awards;
and the Geological Society of America’s G.K. Gilbert award (1993). He was
also the 1994 recipient of the National Air and Space Museum’s Lifetime
Achievement Award in Air and Space Science Technology.

Carr lives in Woodside, Calif., with his wife, Rachel. His interests are
running, horses and languages.

AAAS is the largest general science organization in the world, representing
all scientific and engineering disciplines. Its more than 138,000 members
also include policy makers, educators, journalists, and students. Founded in
Philadelphia in 1848, the AAAS is also among the oldest societies for
professionals, in America.

The USGS serves the nation by providing reliable scientific information to:
describe and understand the Earth; minimize loss of life and property from
natural disasters; manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources;
and enhance and protect our quality of life.

SpaceRef staff editor.