Mass Layoffs Hit NASA
Briefly

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is the latest organization to announce mass layoffs, with 8% of its staff and 40 contractors being let go. This is the second round of layoffs for JPL since the start of 2024, with the first round in January. The layoffs are a result of congressional leaders not finalizing the budget for NASA and a reduction in spending for the Mars Sample Return project. NASA is currently operating on a continuing resolution and it is uncertain how other parts of the agency will be impacted by the budget cuts.
"To spend more than that amount, with no final legislation in place, would be unwise and spending money NASA does not have," said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson.
The Mars Sample Return project, which was meant to launch in 2027, is particularly likely to be affected by the budget cuts. The project has faced delays and budget overruns, and an independent audit had also been conducted. The mission aimed to bring back Martian soil samples for study to determine if life was possible on Mars. However, with the budget cuts, the future of the project is uncertain.
The mission to Mars was meant to launch in 2027 and arrive back to Earth in 2033 with Martian soil samples to study if life was possible on the Red Planet. But the LA Times reports that the project was beset with delays and budget overruns and subject to an independent audit.
Read at Futurism
[
add
]
[
|
|
]
more OMG science Briefly
[ Load more ]