NASA shuttle jobs in jeopardy

Published: Tuesday, April 1, 2008 at 2:25 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, April 1, 2008 at 2:25 p.m.

MIAMI - NASA says more than 8,000 jobs could be eliminated after the space shuttle is retired in 2010.

A report from the space agency out Tuesday says as few 12,500 of nearly 21,000 manned space program workers across the country could remain in 2011.

NASA says the number of full-time civil servants should stay roughly the same, but the number of private contractors is expected to drop dramatically.

The change will likely be felt most at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where up to 80 percent of the jobs are expected to be cut by 2011.

NASA is transitioning to the Constellation Program, which is developing the vehicle and rockets to go to the moon and later to Mars. Constellation isn't scheduled to begin flights until 2015.

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