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Griffin: Lay off 6 – 7,000 – then re-hire 3,000 – but When?

By Keith Cowing
NASA Watch
June 24, 2008

NASA estimates 3,000 to 4,000 shuttle job losses, AP

“Although as many as 6,000 to 7,000 shuttle jobs will be eliminated at Kennedy Space Center, about 3,000 positions will open up in the new exploration program, said NASA Administrator Michael Griffin. Those jobs will be created to build and fly new spaceships to the international space station and, ultimately, to the moon.”

NASA: Layoffs not so dire, Orlando Sentinel

“I can’t say it’s good news,” said U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., who organized the Senate subcommittee hearing about the future of KSC, “but it’s certainly news that’s a step in the right direction.”

Editor’s note: OK, but are the KSC folks who are laid off re-hired – instantly? Or are they unemployed for months – or years? Mike left those details out of his attempt at happy news.

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