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Carrie Anderson

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Planetary Astronomer

Carrie Anderson is a Planetary Astronomer in the Astrochemistry Laboratory at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Her research focuses on the remote sensing of planetary atmospheres, primarily in the areas of thermal structure and particulate composition, using space- and ground-based data. This includes radiative transfer analyses of the outer planets, including the effects of aerosols and condensates; and far-IR and other data analysis techniques and studies. Her research also includes laboratory measurements of thin ice films obtained from transmission spectroscopy techniques in Anderson's SPICE Laboratory, using her SPECtroscospy of Titan-Related ice AnaLogs (SPECTRAL) high-vacuum chamber.


Research highlights include a recent discovery of a new high-altitude cloud is Titan's early winter south polar stratosphere, the discovery of hydrogen cyanide, cyanoacetylene, and subsidence-induced methane ice clouds in Titan's stratosphere, the formation of dicyanoacetylene ice in Titan's stratosphere via solid-state photochemistry, as well as the discovery that Titan's photochemical aerosol is chemically uniform throughout the atmosphere at altitudes below the stratopause. Actively involved in the Cassini spacecraft mission, through numerous ROSES CDAPS awards and with Cassini CIRS instrument operations.

She is currently the Cassini Composite Infrared Spectrometer (CIRS) Co-Investigator.

My Speakers Sessions

Saturday, May 26

11:00am EDT