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Old 06-02-2009, 10:14 PM   #1
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Default NASA Job Loss Bigger Than First Thought


looks as though big job loses are around the bend here as NASA looks to eliminate thousands when the shuttle`s retire. Question is when is this retiring taking place . Here it is answered my own Question


NASA sets date for final shuttle mission in 2010

2 hours, 42 minutes ago

NASA has tentatively set the final space shuttle mission for May 31, 2010, four months before the shuttle fleet retires.

NASA has 10 missions remaining for the shuttle fleet, which President Bush ordered to retire by Sept. 30, 2010. The schedule announced Monday includes five flights this year, five in 2009 and three in 2010.

The space agency has already begun work on developing a new spacecraft to send astronauts back to the moon.

Big Job Loss`s for NASA

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- The job outlook on the space coast may be even worse than first thought. Originally, NASA predicted it would lay off 3,500 workers at Kennedy Space Center when the shuttle fleet retires.
However, that prediction has gone up to at least 4,000 employees. KSC's new director raised eyebrows with his newest prediction that NASA would layoff 4,000 employees, 400 more than the number NASA gave in October of last year.
"The job impact is likely to keep growing," said Dale Ketchum, UCF Spaceport Technology and Institute.
Ketchum believes the actual number of layoffs could still be more than the new estimate of 4,000. He says original estimates of job losses at KSC were supposed to be offset by new work coming to NASA for the Lunar Lander and Aries 5, but there have been problems.
"That work is all slipping out to the right to pay for problems that we didn't anticipate having with the development of the Aries one vehicle," said Ketchum.
The exact number is critical to east central Florida's economy. The average wage earned inside NASA is almost twice the wage outside of it, so every job lost there has an even greater impact on jobs that support the workers at NASA.
"So if you are looking at 5,000 job loss inside the fence, 10 to 15,000 outside. That's a big impact," said NASA spokesperson Allard Beutel.
Beutel said the exact number is still a moving target and that the new KSC director wasn't basing his estimate on any new information.

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