Planetary Scientist | NASA
Marc Fries is a planetary scientist within the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Division at the Johnson Space Center. Fries is a Raman spectroscopist and an expert on carbonaceous materials in natural systems, ranging from organic compounds, to macromolecular solids, to diamond. He currently performs advanced curation research to improve the care of current and future NASA collections. He also studies methane plumes on Mars, is a member of the Scanning Habitable Environments with Raman & Luminescence for Organics & Chemicals (SHERLOC) instrument team for Mars 2020, and served as the Principal Investigator of the Strata-1 experiment on the International Space Station to investigate asteroid surface processes. He also works to locate meteorite falls using open-source data such as weather radar imagery, seismometer data, and eyewitness accounts.