End of space shuttle programs results in high level of joblessness, disappointment

End of space shuttle programs results in high level of joblessness, disappointment

Palo Alto : CA : USA | Apr 02, 2012 at 12:42 AM PDT
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As soon as the dust from the last space shuttle in July settled down, it was clear that things would no longer be the same for those who had devoted their entire lives to the Kennedy Space Center. 7000 space center workers lost their jobs as a result of the end the space shuttle era, but that was not all, they also lost the pride they used to have in their work.

It was the result of President Obama’s decision to put an end to the space shuttle program to begin a more modest plan. But that never happened, because soon after its end, the congress cut the funding for the new program, not just making Americans lose their jobs, but also snatching America’s leadership position in spaceflights which it has held for the last five decades.

The workers who lost their jobs are finding it hard to get new ones. Sammy Rivera, a worker at the shuttle program, said that in the last 11 months, he had given only three interviews, when he had expected it to take a maximum of three months. "I've applied for engineering jobs...technician jobs...entry level jobs," Rivera told Scott Pelly of CBS.

Chris Milner and his wife are also having problems, although he had two side businesses running after he lost his job at the Kennedy Center.

"Everybody's been laid off. It's a ripple effect,” he told Pelley about his own landscaping business. “Businesses closing down...it affect me.” But that’s not all they are worried about. While Milner and his wife have accepted the reality, he says, “The problem is we have a 12-year-old at the house that doesn't understand, because he's never had to go without. He's constantly asking for McDonalds. We don't get McDonalds anymore.”

Besides the ones mentioned above, a great number of people are angry and hurt about the fact that America has now lost its status of being number one. Now if anyone needs to fly into space, they would have to buy a seat on the Russian rocket.

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Wendy Zachary is based in Texas, Texas, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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