USA: End of NASA shuttle means end of 1000 jobs

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The main US space contractor is to cut the jobs of more than 1,000 of the world’s leading scientists and technicians once NASA ends its space shuttle programme at some point in 2011. This figure represents 15% of the workforce and according to one NASA watcher, these people are unlikely to get work at private companies that launch satellites, because “private sector companies can do it cheaper and make a profit by using less people”.