IDAHO FALLS -- A woman who once rebelled against going to college is now heading up an Idaho National Laboratory department that's helping power unmanned space craft.

The Idaho Falls Post Register reports Kelly Lively is the eastern Idaho nuclear research site's manager for Radioisotope Power Systems.

Among other things, it helped build the power system for the New Horizons spacecraft that's due to pass Pluto in 2015.

An engineer, Lively originally rejected college -- out of spite for her parents' decision to move to Idaho Falls, from Illinois.

She was originally hired as a secretary at the facility, but after completing school at Idaho State University has worked her way up the ranks to her current post.

She now schedules and develops budgets for projects including the Mars Science Laboratory.

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