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3, 2, 1...Blastoff!
That famous phrase ushered NASA back into space for the first time since the 2003 Columbia tragedy. And an OC graduate was there to help the space shuttle get off the ground.
Diana (Kniffin) Oglesby serves as a computer scientist at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Her team is tasked with IT policy and architecture, intrusion detection services, incident response and investigation, and computer security.
Diana's team played a crucial role in Discovery's
July 2005 mission by protecting the security of the computer infrastructure during the launch sequence.
“Some people ask me why we go to space when we have so many problems on Earth," she said. “I hope to make more people aware of the benefits the space program provides and the increase in quality it gives to our lives."
Diana's NASA career started when she was still an OC student pursuing her degree in information systems. In summer 2002, NASA selected her to work at the Kennedy Space Center. That fall, Diana was one of just two interns chosen to represent NASA at a select national conference in Washington, D.C.
Her internship blossomed into a fulltime job with one of the world's most recognized institutions. Diana says OC taught her the most important tools for her work at NASA the ability to think, to question, to find solutions, to be open-minded and to work with others.
“I feel a lot of pride in what these people have been able to accomplish in the last few years getting the shuttle off the ground," she said. “This is one of the defining points in the history of space exploration and NASA."