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For release: 09/30/03
Release #: 03-168

Profile: Carrie Olsen

Photo description: Olsen

Payload Operations Director Carrie Olsen’s most prized “award” is a fax that hangs in her office from NASA flight director Gene Kranz. When Olsen was a young engineer in the Payload Operations Control Center at the Marshall Center, Kranz — the legendary flight controller for NASA’s Gemini, Apollo and Spacelab missions — wrote that he was impressed with her team’s work on STS-35 — a Spacelab mission devoted to ultraviolet astronomy. Today, Olsen is still inspired by Kranz and his role in space exploration. Olsen leads the Marshall Center team responsible for planning, scheduling and executing all science activities on the International Space Station.

Photo: Carrie Olsen is a payload operations director supporting International Space Station science activities at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. At the Payload Operations Center — the command post at the Marshall Center for all science activities onboard the Space Station — Olsen leads the team responsible for planning, scheduling and carrying out activities on the orbiting laboratory. (NASA/MSFC)

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