National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Marshall Space Flight Center

Hinode (Solar-B)

Hinode (Solar-B)


NASA Contacts:

Dr. Sabrina Savage
Project Scientist — sabrina DOT savage AT nasa DOT gov

Dr. Savage received her Ph.D. in physics from Montana State University (MSU) after which she was awarded a NASA Postdoc fellowship at Goddard Space Flight Center. Her research focuses on dynamic energy release due to magnetic reconnection during long duration solar flaring events. In particular, she searches for observational signatures of reconnection in regions where magnetic fields currently cannot be measured due to the extremely low signal to noise environment. While at MSU, she began serving as a Chief Observer and Data Verifier for the Hinode mission's X-ray telescope. Since arriving at Marshall Flight Center, she has recently been named the US Project Scientist for the mission after a training period as Deputy under Dr. Jonathan Cirtain. In addition, Dr. Savage is an active member of Marshall's heliophysics sounding rocket team.

Stephen Elrod
Program Manager — stephen DOT e DOT elrod AT nasa DOT gov

Stephen Elrod graduated from the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), in 1980, (BSE, General Engineering). He was employed by NASA upon graduation (May 1980), after having already worked for three years as a NASA co-operative education student. He volunteered for military service and was commissioned into the Navy Reserve, April 1982, as an officer in the Civil Engineer Corps. He has served for over 39 years as a civil servant, with experience in 7 different project offices, for both NASA and US Army MICOM. From 1995-1999 he was the Project Manager (PM) for the Wide Image Camera (IMAGE Mission), and from 2000-2009 he was the PM for the GLAST (Fermi) Gamma Ray Burst Monitor (GBM). Both of these international projects have been recognized as highly successful science instruments. Steve returned to manage GBM in the summer of 2011 and continues to serve GBM as the overall PM of the extended mission operations phase. In February of 2015, concurrent with his GBM duties, Steve was named to serve as the PM for the suite of instruments aboard the Hinode spacecraft. This solar observation mission is another international partnership (with Japan) and is also in the mission operations phase. In his military career, Steve was assigned to the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), serving as the Director of the Joint Reserve Support Team for Undersecretary of Defense, Personnel and Readiness, Military Personnel Policy (2002- 2011). He concurrently served for several years as the Commanding Officer of the USN reserve unit that served the Pentagon at large, with 42 members supporting a wide variety of Joint Staff, OSD and Navy offices. Steve retired from the USN in May 2012, with the permanent rank of Captain, after having served for 30 years. He is the recipient of various civil service and military awards.

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