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Sandra Hall Magnus Status: Active. Trained as: Astronaut. Profession: Mission Specialist. Sex: Female. Marital Status: Married. Birth Date: 30 October 1964. Birth City: Belleville. Birth State: Illinois. Birth Country: USA. Nationality: American. Group: 1996 NASA Group. Date Selected: 01 May 1996.

NASA Official Biography

NAME: Sandra H. Magnus (Ph.D.)
NASA Astronaut Candidate (Mission Specialist)

Born October 30, 1964 in Belleville, Illinois. Married to Robert Magnus. Enjoys soccer, reading, travel, water activities.

Graduated from Belleville West High School, Belleville, Illinois, in 1982; received a bachelor degree in physics and a master degree in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1986 and 1990, respectively, and a doctorate from the School of Material Science and Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1996.

ASM/TMS (Metallurgical/Material Society) Material Research Society.

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award (1994 and 1996), Saturn Team Award (1994), Performance Bonus Award (1989).

During 1986 to 1991, Magnus worked for McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Company as a stealth engineer where she worked on internal research and development studying the effectiveness of RADAR signature reduction techniques. She was also assigned to the Navy's A-12 Attack Aircraft program primarily working on the propulsion system until the program was cancelled. From 1991 to 1996, Magnus completed her thesis work which was supported by NASA-Lewis Research Center through a Graduate Student Fellowship and involved investigations on materials of interest for "Scandate" thermionic cathodes. Thermodynamic equilibria studies along with conductivity and emission measurements on compounds in the Ba OSC2O3WO3 ternary system were conducted to identify compounds with potential use in these types of cathodes.

Selected by NASA in April 1996, Dr. Magnus reported to the Johnson Space Center in August 1996 to begin two years of training and evaluation. Successful completion of initial training will qualify her for various technical assignments leading to selection as a mission specialist on a Space Shuttle flight crew.


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