NASA orders contractors to cut back work
The Johnson Space Center could be impacted by a NASA order for its major contractors to immediately cut back on the Constellation project, according to this entry from KHOU Channel 11.
As many as 5,000 jobs in Texas and four other states could be lost over the next several weeks, the entry said.
The contractors were ordered to cut back because they were in violation of federal spending rules.
President Obama earlier this year proposed ending the Constellation project, which would involve returning to the moon, and rely on private aerospace companies to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station. In April, the president revived the crew-capsule concept that would have been canceled with the rest of the Constellation.
Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison released a statement in which she says that Congress has affirmed that work on the Constellation project should continue unless it approves a different program.
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