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NASA Layoffs Hit 2,000 Workers Day After Atlantic Landing, Shuttle Program Ends

6:08 PM, Jul 22, 2011   |    comments
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TITUSVILLE, Fla. -- An estimated 2,000 NASA workers were laid off Friday, one day after space shuttle Atlantis landed ending the program.

The news was expected, but will devastate the Space Coast economy, from housing to employment. It's an region where the space industry is connected to all parts; the area code here is 3-2-1, a nod to the famous countdown clock.

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At the Moonlight Drive-In, customers were mad NASA doesn't have another program lined up.

"The space shuttle is just now maturing to where it's a great flight vehicle. And what are we doing with it? We're scrapping it. We're turning it into a museum," said Steve Bishop, a former NASA worker.

At NASA, employees got their pink slips throughout the day.

"It's very uncertain with so many people leaving," said fired worker Freddy Maldonado.

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