Space Shuttle Atlantis: Now, the Layoffs

The sadness at the Johnson Space Center is as pervasive as the Texas humidity. The end of the space shuttle program means thousands of uniquely talented people will be out of work. Dave Nelson knows his future is uncertain. His job has been to put astronauts through the wringer in NASA's motion based launch simulator, a cockpit designed to move and shake much like the real ship. Astronaut-pilots never knew Nelson would throw at them as they practiced liftoffs. A multiple engine failure? ...Full Story
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