Job Insecurity in New Orleans as Constellation Decision Looms

constellationObama may decide fate of New Orleans NASA jobs

President Obama may effectively decide how long most of the jobs at Michoud stay in place.

A presidential commission will issue its final report in coming weeks and could recommend an extended life for the space shuttle program.

Amidst that backdrop, Senator David Vitter, R-Louisiana, hosted a public forum at the NASA assembly facility in New Orleans East, a gathering that drew a room full of anxious engineers.

“I want to stay in New Orleans but it’s hard to find jobs,” said Matthew Stiegler, a Lockheed-Martin employee whose father worked in both the Apollo and Shuttle programs at Michoud.

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