In Firing Room 4 of the Launch Control Center at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, NASA’s Discovery Flow Director Stephanie Stilson, left, STS-133 Assistant Shuttle Launch Director and lead NASA Test Director Charlie Blackwell-Thompson and Shuttle Launch Director Mike Leinbach watch the launch of space shuttle Discovery. Image credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett. Feb. 24, 2011
Like many NASA employees, Mike Leinbach has lots of memories of his many years working with the shuttle program.
“It’s kind of sad to see it end, of course.”
Mike Leinbach is the NASA shuttle launch director. He says many of his coworkers are making plans for life after the shuttle.
“In talking with the various guys that I’ve worked with many, many years, they’re all getting their plans together. I play golf with a lot of them. We always talk over a round of golf what their future plans are. And it seems like, first of all we’re excepting of the fact and you know, we’ve said that before and people are starting to get their acts together where they’re going to go after the shuttle program.”
Clear Lake resident Roger Dutton has lived in the area for more than a decade. He has several friends who worked at NASA and have been laid off. He says so far none of them have found jobs.
“Not as of a couple months ago. I’ve been out of touch, but maybe they got lucky lately but…”
The Space Shuttle program ends in June after 30 years. A new space vehicle is currently under design.