Heather B. Franz

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Heather B. Franz

  • Additional Roles: Research Scientist
  • 301.614.5463
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 699
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: UNIV MARYLAND COLLEGE PARK
  • Brief Bio

    Dr. Franz is a Research Scientist in the Planetary Environments Laboratory at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. She  earned a Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Maryland, with research focused on the isotopic composition of sulfur-bearing minerals in Martian meteorites and what they may reveal about the past or present sulfur cycle on Mars. Dr. Franz is a member of the science team for the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) suite, a pyrolysis-gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer instrument that comprises a major component of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) "Curiosity" rover.

    Dr. Franz joined the PEL and SAM team after working for 14 years as a flight dynamics analyst at NASA GSFC. She has performed mission design and navigation for numerous NASA missions, most notably designing the unique trajectory for the Wind spacecraft and guiding it through 38 lunar gravity assist flybys. Other missions on which Dr. Franz has worked include Polar, IMP-8, SOHO, ACE, Triana, WMAP, and the CGRO controlled reentry. Prior to joining the flight dynamics facility, Dr. Franz was a member of the ERBS Flight Operations Team.

    Dr. Franz also earned a bachelor’s degree in dance while completing her engineering education. As much as she loves working for NASA, she still dreams of dancing with Doug Varone’s company in New York. (Doug, please note phone number above…)

    Education

    Ph.D., Geology - University of Maryland

    M.S., Applied Physics - Johns Hopkins University
    B.S., Aerospace Engineering - University of Maryland
    B.A., Dance - University of Maryland

    Awards

    NASA Silver Snoopy Award, 2005
    NASA Contractor Excellence Award, 2000
    CSC Civil Group Technical Excellence Award, 2000
    NASA Space Flight Awareness Award, 2000

    Selected Publications

    Refereed

    Ming, D. W., P. D. Archer Jr, D. P. Glavin, et al. J. L. Eigenbrode, H. B. Franz, B. Sutter, A. E. Brunner, J. C. Stern, C. Freissinet, A. C. McAdam, P. R. Mahaffy, M. Cabane, P. Coll, J. L. Campbell, S. K. Atreya, P. B. Niles, J. F. Bell III, D. L. Bish, W. B. Brinckerhoff, A. Buch, P. G. Conrad, D. J. Des Marais, B. L. Ehlmann, A. G. Fairen, K. Farley, G. J. Flesch, P. Francois, R. Gellert, J. A. Grant, J. P. Grotzinger, S. Gupta, K. E. Herkenhoff, J. A. Hurowitz, L. A. Leshin, K. W. Lewis, S. M. McLennan, K. E. Miller, J. Moersch, R. V. Morris, R. Navarro-Gonzalez, A. A. Pavlov, G. M. Perrett, I. Pradler, S. W. Squyres, R. E. Summons, A. Steele, E. M. Stolper, D. Y. Sumner, C. Szopa, S. Teinturier, M. G. Trainer, A. H. Treiman, D. T. Vaniman, A. R. Vasavada, C. R. Webster, J. J. Wray, and R. A. Yingst. 2014. "Volatile and Organic Compositions of Sedimentary Rocks in Yellowknife Bay, Gale Crater, Mars." Science, 343: 6169 [10.1126/science.1245267]

    McAdam, A. C., H. B. Franz, B. Sutter, et al. P. D. Archer Jr, C. Freissinet, J. L. Eigenbrode, D. W. Ming, S. K. Atreya, D. L. Bish, D. F. Blake, H. E. Bower, A. Brunner, A. Buch, D. P. Glavin, J. P. Grotzinger, P. R. Mahaffy, S. M. McLennan, R. V. Morris, R. Navarro-Gonzalez, E. B. Rampe, S. W. Squyres, A. Steele, J. C. Stern, D. Y. Sumner, and J. J. Wray. 2014. "Sulfur-bearing Phases Detected by Evolved Gas Analysis of the Rocknest Aeolian Deposit, Gale Crater." J. Geophys. Res., 119: 373-393 [10.1002/2013JE004518]

    Archer, P. D., H. B. Franz, B. Sutter, et al. R. D. Arevalo Jr, P. Coll, J. L. Eigenbrode, D. P. Glavin, J. J. Jones, L. A. Leshin, P. Mahaffy, A. C. Mcadam, C. P. McKay, D. W. Ming, R. V. Morris, R. Navarro-González, P. B. Niles, A. Pavlov, S. W. Squyres, J. C. Stern, A. Steele, and J. J. Wray. 2014. "Abundances and Implications of Volatile-bearing Species from Evolved Gas Analysis of the Rocknest Aeolian Deposit, Gale Crater, Mars." J. Geophys. Res., 119: 237-254 [10.1002/2013JE004493]

    Franz, H. B., M. G. Trainer, M. H. Wong, et al. H. Manning, J. C. Stern, P. Mahaffy, S. K. Atreya, M. Bennaa, P. G. Conrad, D. N. Harpold, L. A. Leshin, C. A. Malespin, C. P. McKay, J. T. Nolan, and E. Raaen. 2014. "Analytical Techniques for Retrieval of Atmospheric Composition with the Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer of the Sample Analysis at Mars Instrument Suite on Mars Science Laboratory." Planet. Space Sci., (In Press) [10.1016/j.pss.2014.03.005]

    Franz, H. B., S.-T. Kim, J. Farquhar, et al. J. Day, R. C. Economos, K. D. McKeegan, A. K. Schmitt, A. J. Irving, J. Hoek, and J. Dottin. 2014. "Isotopic Links between Atmospheric Chemistry and the Deep Sulphur Cycle on Mars." Nature, 508: 364–368 [10.1038/nature13175]

    Wong, M. H., S. K. Atreya, P. N. Mahaffy, et al. H. B. Franz, C. Malespin, M. G. Trainer, J. C. Stern, P. G. Conrad, H. Manning, R. O. Pepin, R. H. Becker, C. P. McKay, T. C. Owen, R. Navarro-Gonzaalez, J. H. Jones, B. M. Jakosky, and A. Steele. 2013. "Isotopes of Nitrogen on Mars: Atmospheric Measurements by Curiosity's Mass Spectrometer." Geophys. Res. Lett., 40: 6033-6037 [10.1002/2013GL057840]

    Mahaffy, P. R., C. R. Webster, S. K. Atreya, et al. H. Franz, M. Wong, P. G. Conrad, D. Harpold, J. J. Jones, L. A. Leshin, H. Manning, T. Owen, R. O. Pepin, S. Squyres, and M. Trainer. 2013. "Abundance and Isotopic Composition of Gases in the Martian Atmosphere from the Curiosity Rover." Science, 341 (6143): 263-266 [10.1126/science.1237966]

    Leshin, L. A., P. R. Mahaffy, C. R. Webster, et al. M. Cabane, P. Coll, P. G. Conrad, P. D. Archer Jr, S. K. Atreya, A. E. Brunner, A. Buch, J. L. Eigenbrode, G. J. Flesch, H. B. Franz, C. Freissinet, D. P. Glavin, A. C. McAdam, K. E. Miller, D. W. Ming, R. V. Morris, R. Navarro-Gonzalez, P. B. Niles, T. Owen, R. O. Pepin, S. Squyres, A. Steele, J. C. Stern, R. E. Summons, D. Y. Sumner, B. Sutter, C. Szopa, S. Teinturier, M. G. Trainer, J. J. Wray, and J. P. Grotzinger. 2013. "Volatile, Isotope, and Organic Analysis of Martian Fines with the Mars Curiosity Rover." Science, 341: 6153 [10.1126/science.1238937]

    Glavin, D. P., C. Freissinet, K. E. Miller, et al. J. L. Eigenbrode, A. E. Brunner, A. Buch, B. Sutter, P. D. Archer Jr, S. K. Atreya, W. B. Brinckerhoff, M. Cabane, P. Coll, P. G. Conrad, D. Coscia, J. P. Dworkin, H. B. Franz, J. P. Grotzinger, L. A. Leshin, M. G. Martin, C. McKay, D. W. Ming, R. Navarro-Gonzalez, A. Pavlov, A. Steele, R. E. Summons, C. Szopa, S. Teinturier, and P. R. Mahaffy. 2013. "Evidence for Perchlorates and the Origin of Chlorinated Hydrocarbons Detected by SAM at the Rocknest Aeolian Deposit in Gale Crater." J. Geophys. Res., 118: 1955-1973.

    Atreya, S. K., M. G. Trainer, H. B. Franz, et al. M. H. Wong, H. Manning, C. A. Malespin, P. R. Mahaffy, P. G. Conrad, A. E. Brunner, L. A. Leshin, J. H. Jones, C. R. Webster, T. C. Owen, R. O. Pepin, and R. Navarro-Gonzalez. 2013. "Primordial Argon Isotope Fractionation in the Atmosphere of Mars Measured by the SAM Instrument on Curiosity and Implications for Atmospheric Loss." Geophys. Res. Lett., 40: 5605-5609.

    Franz, H. B., S. O. Danielache, J. Farquhar, and B. A. Wing. 2013. "Mass-Independent Fractionation of Sulfur Isotopes during Broadband SO2 Photolysis: Comparison between 16O- and 18O-rich SO2." Chem. Geo., 362: 56-65 [10.1016/j.chemgeo.2013.07.021]

    Bishop, J., H. B. Franz, W. Goetz, et al. D. Blake, C. Freissinet, H. Steininger, F. Goesmann, W. B. Brinckerhoff, S. A. Getty, V. T. Pinnick, and P. Mahaffy. 2012. "Coordinated analyses of Antarctic sediments as Mars analog materials using reflectance spectroscopy and current flight-like instruments for CheMin, SAM and MOMA." Icarus, (In Press) [10.1016/j.icarus.2012.05.014]

    Franz, H. B., P. Sharer, K. Ogilvie, and M. and Desch. 2001. "Wind Nominal Mission Performance and Extended Mission Design." Journal of the Astronautical Sciences, 49 (1): 145-167.

    Desch, M., K. Ogilvie, and H. B. Franz. 1999. "The Wind Program: 1998 - 2000." Interball in the ISTP Program, the Netherlands: 29-40.

    Brief Bio

    Dr. Franz is a Research Scientist in the Planetary Environments Laboratory at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. She  earned a Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Maryland, with research focused on the isotopic composition of sulfur-bearing minerals in Martian meteorites and what they may reveal about the past or present sulfur cycle on Mars. Dr. Franz is a member of the science team for the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) suite, a pyrolysis-gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer instrument that comprises a major component of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) "Curiosity" rover.

    Dr. Franz joined the PEL and SAM team after working for 14 years as a flight dynamics analyst at NASA GSFC. She has performed mission design and navigation for numerous NASA missions, most notably designing the unique trajectory for the Wind spacecraft and guiding it through 38 lunar gravity assist flybys. Other missions on which Dr. Franz has worked include Polar, IMP-8, SOHO, ACE, Triana, WMAP, and the CGRO controlled reentry. Prior to joining the flight dynamics facility, Dr. Franz was a member of the ERBS Flight Operations Team.

    Dr. Franz also earned a bachelor’s degree in dance while completing her engineering education. As much as she loves working for NASA, she still dreams of dancing with Doug Varone’s company in New York. (Doug, please note phone number above…)

    Refereed

    Ming, D. W., P. D. Archer Jr, D. P. Glavin, et al. J. L. Eigenbrode, H. B. Franz, B. Sutter, A. E. Brunner, J. C. Stern, C. Freissinet, A. C. McAdam, P. R. Mahaffy, M. Cabane, P. Coll, J. L. Campbell, S. K. Atreya, P. B. Niles, J. F. Bell III, D. L. Bish, W. B. Brinckerhoff, A. Buch, P. G. Conrad, D. J. Des Marais, B. L. Ehlmann, A. G. Fairen, K. Farley, G. J. Flesch, P. Francois, R. Gellert, J. A. Grant, J. P. Grotzinger, S. Gupta, K. E. Herkenhoff, J. A. Hurowitz, L. A. Leshin, K. W. Lewis, S. M. McLennan, K. E. Miller, J. Moersch, R. V. Morris, R. Navarro-Gonzalez, A. A. Pavlov, G. M. Perrett, I. Pradler, S. W. Squyres, R. E. Summons, A. Steele, E. M. Stolper, D. Y. Sumner, C. Szopa, S. Teinturier, M. G. Trainer, A. H. Treiman, D. T. Vaniman, A. R. Vasavada, C. R. Webster, J. J. Wray, and R. A. Yingst. 2014. "Volatile and Organic Compositions of Sedimentary Rocks in Yellowknife Bay, Gale Crater, Mars." Science 343 6169 [10.1126/science.1245267]

    McAdam, A. C., H. B. Franz, B. Sutter, et al. P. D. Archer Jr, C. Freissinet, J. L. Eigenbrode, D. W. Ming, S. K. Atreya, D. L. Bish, D. F. Blake, H. E. Bower, A. Brunner, A. Buch, D. P. Glavin, J. P. Grotzinger, P. R. Mahaffy, S. M. McLennan, R. V. Morris, R. Navarro-Gonzalez, E. B. Rampe, S. W. Squyres, A. Steele, J. C. Stern, D. Y. Sumner, and J. J. Wray. 2014. "Sulfur-bearing Phases Detected by Evolved Gas Analysis of the Rocknest Aeolian Deposit, Gale Crater." J. Geophys. Res. 119 373-393 [10.1002/2013JE004518]

    Archer, P. D., H. B. Franz, B. Sutter, et al. R. D. Arevalo Jr, P. Coll, J. L. Eigenbrode, D. P. Glavin, J. J. Jones, L. A. Leshin, P. Mahaffy, A. C. Mcadam, C. P. McKay, D. W. Ming, R. V. Morris, R. Navarro-González, P. B. Niles, A. Pavlov, S. W. Squyres, J. C. Stern, A. Steele, and J. J. Wray. 2014. "Abundances and Implications of Volatile-bearing Species from Evolved Gas Analysis of the Rocknest Aeolian Deposit, Gale Crater, Mars." J. Geophys. Res. 119 237-254 [10.1002/2013JE004493]

    Franz, H. B., M. G. Trainer, M. H. Wong, et al. H. Manning, J. C. Stern, P. Mahaffy, S. K. Atreya, M. Bennaa, P. G. Conrad, D. N. Harpold, L. A. Leshin, C. A. Malespin, C. P. McKay, J. T. Nolan, and E. Raaen. 2014. "Analytical Techniques for Retrieval of Atmospheric Composition with the Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer of the Sample Analysis at Mars Instrument Suite on Mars Science Laboratory." Planet. Space Sci. (In Press) [10.1016/j.pss.2014.03.005]

    Franz, H. B., S.-T. Kim, J. Farquhar, et al. J. Day, R. C. Economos, K. D. McKeegan, A. K. Schmitt, A. J. Irving, J. Hoek, and J. Dottin. 2014. "Isotopic Links between Atmospheric Chemistry and the Deep Sulphur Cycle on Mars." Nature 508 364–368 [10.1038/nature13175]

    Wong, M. H., S. K. Atreya, P. N. Mahaffy, et al. H. B. Franz, C. Malespin, M. G. Trainer, J. C. Stern, P. G. Conrad, H. Manning, R. O. Pepin, R. H. Becker, C. P. McKay, T. C. Owen, R. Navarro-Gonzaalez, J. H. Jones, B. M. Jakosky, and A. Steele. 2013. "Isotopes of Nitrogen on Mars: Atmospheric Measurements by Curiosity's Mass Spectrometer." Geophys. Res. Lett. 40 6033-6037 [10.1002/2013GL057840]

    Mahaffy, P. R., C. R. Webster, S. K. Atreya, et al. H. Franz, M. Wong, P. G. Conrad, D. Harpold, J. J. Jones, L. A. Leshin, H. Manning, T. Owen, R. O. Pepin, S. Squyres, and M. Trainer. 2013. "Abundance and Isotopic Composition of Gases in the Martian Atmosphere from the Curiosity Rover." Science 341 (6143): 263-266 [10.1126/science.1237966]

    Leshin, L. A., P. R. Mahaffy, C. R. Webster, et al. M. Cabane, P. Coll, P. G. Conrad, P. D. Archer Jr, S. K. Atreya, A. E. Brunner, A. Buch, J. L. Eigenbrode, G. J. Flesch, H. B. Franz, C. Freissinet, D. P. Glavin, A. C. McAdam, K. E. Miller, D. W. Ming, R. V. Morris, R. Navarro-Gonzalez, P. B. Niles, T. Owen, R. O. Pepin, S. Squyres, A. Steele, J. C. Stern, R. E. Summons, D. Y. Sumner, B. Sutter, C. Szopa, S. Teinturier, M. G. Trainer, J. J. Wray, and J. P. Grotzinger. 2013. "Volatile, Isotope, and Organic Analysis of Martian Fines with the Mars Curiosity Rover." Science 341 6153 [10.1126/science.1238937]

    Glavin, D. P., C. Freissinet, K. E. Miller, et al. J. L. Eigenbrode, A. E. Brunner, A. Buch, B. Sutter, P. D. Archer Jr, S. K. Atreya, W. B. Brinckerhoff, M. Cabane, P. Coll, P. G. Conrad, D. Coscia, J. P. Dworkin, H. B. Franz, J. P. Grotzinger, L. A. Leshin, M. G. Martin, C. McKay, D. W. Ming, R. Navarro-Gonzalez, A. Pavlov, A. Steele, R. E. Summons, C. Szopa, S. Teinturier, and P. R. Mahaffy. 2013. "Evidence for Perchlorates and the Origin of Chlorinated Hydrocarbons Detected by SAM at the Rocknest Aeolian Deposit in Gale Crater." J. Geophys. Res. 118 1955-1973.

    Atreya, S. K., M. G. Trainer, H. B. Franz, et al. M. H. Wong, H. Manning, C. A. Malespin, P. R. Mahaffy, P. G. Conrad, A. E. Brunner, L. A. Leshin, J. H. Jones, C. R. Webster, T. C. Owen, R. O. Pepin, and R. Navarro-Gonzalez. 2013. "Primordial Argon Isotope Fractionation in the Atmosphere of Mars Measured by the SAM Instrument on Curiosity and Implications for Atmospheric Loss." Geophys. Res. Lett. 40 5605-5609.

    Franz, H. B., S. O. Danielache, J. Farquhar, and B. A. Wing. 2013. "Mass-Independent Fractionation of Sulfur Isotopes during Broadband SO2 Photolysis: Comparison between 16O- and 18O-rich SO2." Chem. Geo. 362 56-65 [10.1016/j.chemgeo.2013.07.021]

    Bishop, J., H. B. Franz, W. Goetz, et al. D. Blake, C. Freissinet, H. Steininger, F. Goesmann, W. B. Brinckerhoff, S. A. Getty, V. T. Pinnick, and P. Mahaffy. 2012. "Coordinated analyses of Antarctic sediments as Mars analog materials using reflectance spectroscopy and current flight-like instruments for CheMin, SAM and MOMA." Icarus (In Press) [10.1016/j.icarus.2012.05.014]

    Franz, H. B., P. Sharer, K. Ogilvie, and M. and Desch. 2001. "Wind Nominal Mission Performance and Extended Mission Design." Journal of the Astronautical Sciences 49 (1): 145-167.

    Desch, M., K. Ogilvie, and H. B. Franz. 1999. "The Wind Program: 1998 - 2000." Interball in the ISTP Program 29-40

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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