Sunday, June 5, 2011

Shuttle work gone, Orion remains

NEW ORLEANS, La. - The launch of the 135th and final space shuttle mission, now slated for July 8, will mean the elimination of most of the 300 remaining Michoud Assembly Facility jobs connected to work on the project's external tanks. But the announcement two weeks ago that NASA is moving forward with the Orion project means continued space-related work at Michoud, though a small fraction of the numbers employed for the space shuttle program. (Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 06/04/11)