National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Marshall Space Flight Center

Hinode (Solar-B)

Hinode (Solar-B)


NASA Contacts:

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

Dr. Savage received her Ph.D. in physics from Montana State University after which she was awarded a NASA Postdoc fellowship at Goddard Space Flight Center to work with data from the Reuven Ramaty High Energy Solar Spectroscopic Imager. Her research focuses on dynamic energy release due to magnetic reconnection during long duration solar flaring events -- specifically, searching for observational signatures of reconnection in extremely low signal to noise environments. She began her career in satellite operations as a Chief Observer for the Hinode observatory's X-Ray Telescope (XRT). Since 2014 she has served as the Hinode US Project Scientist at Marshall Space Flight Center. In addition, Dr. Savage is an active member of Marshall's heliophysics sounding rocket team, in particular for the High Resolution Coronal Imager (Hi-C) and the Marshall Grazing Incidence X-ray Spectrometer (MaGIXS), and is the Marshall lead for the development of a unique coronaph for the International Space Station.

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.

Steve continues to work and has served for over 40 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 IMAGE Mission, Wide Image Camera (WIC/partnered with Canada), and from 2000-2009 he was the PM for the Fermi (aka GLAST) Gamma Ray Burst Monitor (GBM/partnered with Germany). Both of these 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 extended mission operations phase.

For the last decade of 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). In addition to his OSD staff duties, he served for several years as the Commanding Officer of the USN reserve detachment that supports the Pentagon at large, with 42 members assigned to a wide variety of Joint Staff, OSD and senior Navy offices. Steve retired from the USN in May 2012, with the permanent rank of Captain, after having served for 30 years.

Steve is the recipient of various civil service and military awards, to include the NASA Exceptional Service Medal and the DoD Defense Superior Service Medal.

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