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Sep 30, 2010 12:35 PM

The Era of Building Space Shuttle Fuel Tanks is Over

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - After 37 years of having a major role in the
manned space program, Lockheed Martin Corp. has made it official.
The company says the era of building space shuttle fuel tanks at
the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility is over, along with scores of
jobs.
Left behind from a payroll once totaling more than 5,000 are 600
workers whose futures are tenuous. Lockheed Martin said some of
those remaining are working on a component for the Constellation
program - which Congress wants to get rid of. The rest are
providing launch and landing services for the
soon-to-be-discontinued shuttle program.
The last of the 136 external fuel tanks built at Michoud through
the years arrived at the Kennedy Space Center on Sept. 27.

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