I find it sad. Not just the lost jobs, but the fact that there is no ambitious project in the works to replace the shuttle program. No manned mission to Mars, no moon base, nothing.
Well, I guess NASA will continue. I hear its mission now is "scientific outreach to the Middle East." I wish that were just a joke, but apparently that's what they're up to now. Wow, way to set the bar high. JFK must be rolling in his grave.
I know the country's absolutely broke, but a space program is the kind of thing that pays huge dividends -- unlike most of the tax money the pols are happy to flush down the toilet every day. Almost all the the miniaturization of electronics and the fuel cell technology we have today is a direct result of the space program. So what happens now that there is no more space program? We just hope that the Middle East steps up and invents the next generation of technology, I guess. Good thinking there, NASA.