Dr. Sara Faggi was born in Florence, Italy, where she received her education. She holds a Ph.D. in Physics and Astrophysics from Università degli Studi di Firenze, where she also received her previous bachelor degree in Physics and her master degree in Astrophysics.
Dr. Sara Faggi is today a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Solar System Division at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, she is part of the Goddard Center for Astrobiology, and she is also appointed as Research Assistant Professor at American University, Washington DC.
She leads compositional studies of comets through high-resolution infrared spectroscopy. Here after listed her research highlights:
- Expert on high-resolution spectroscopy instrumentation and observations of comets and planetary atmospheres.
- Participation in the ground-based observing campaign in support of as ESA/Rosetta mission at ESO/VLT.
- Participation and lead of the ground-based observations in support of as ESA/ExoMars space mission, with GIANO/TNG and iSHELL/IRTF.
- Support and guidance during the instrument Science Verification observing time for multiple high-resolution spectrographs such as: GIANO/TNG Canary Islands, iSHELL/IRTF and NIRSPEC/Keck 2 Hawaii.
- Lead investigator and collaborator of numerous cometary observational campaigns, with a focused effort at infrared wavelengths. (from 2013 – present: C/2012 S1 ISON observing campaign VIS-IR and radio observations, 67P/GC observing campaign VIS-IR, 21P/GZ observing campaign with iSHELL/IRTF, 46P/Wirtanen observing campaign with iSHELL/IRTF.)
- Co-investigator of the Planetary Spectrum Generator (PSG, https://psg.gsfc.nasa.gov)
- Developer of echelle spectrograph simulator (iSHELL/PSG instrument simulator: https://psg.gsfc.nasa.gov/apps/ishell.ph
- Co-Investigator of the MIRMIS spectrograph for Comet Interceptor mission.