View Full Version : Shuttle retirement will hurt Florida's Space Coast

06-13-2008, 09:58 PM
NASA is retiring its shuttle fleet in two years, and for at least five years after that, no humans will launch from Florida's "Space Coast."

Communities built up around Cape Canaveral figure to take a hobbling hit. There will be no more blastoffs by Atlantis, Discovery or Endeavour to pack hotels and viewing sites with tourists. Up to 6,400 of the 8,000 people who work as shuttle contractors in the area will lose their jobs, according to early NASA estimates.

It's a radical economic change for the region, but not unprecedented.


06-14-2008, 01:07 AM
People around here are starting to get scared about the impact. We have the space program and two defense contractors. That is it, really.