This afternoon I was invited to a meeting held by a representative of NASA’s next program, the one to take over after the shuttles are all retired. He came around to let us know what is going on with the CEV (Crew Exploration Vehicle) Program and let us ask questions about what direction things are moving. We didn’t get a lot of concrete facts about the new vehicle because as of yet, a lot of things have not been decided for sure. We were told that the workforce would be retained less those lost to attrition and that layoffs are not forseen. Apparently NASA learned from the mess after the Apollo Program ended and the entire county’s economy was devastated due to the loss of jobs. Thousands of people left their homes in the middle of the night with the doors swinging wide open, abandoning them because they couldn’t afford the payments. Most of the space program’s best talent left the area to find jobs elsewhere. NASA does not want to see this happen again, so that is a good thing. Many of us will have to learn completely new skills, although some of the work will be very similar. It will be interesting to say the least.