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Last Shuttle’s Retirement Move Pains Workers

By Marcia Dunn

In this Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012 photo, shuttle technician Joe Walsh looks through a hatch of the space shuttle Atlantis at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Atlantis isn't going far to its retirement home at Kennedy Space Center's main tourist stop. But it might as well be a world away for the workers who spent decades doting on Atlantis and NASA's other shuttles. Those who agreed to stay until the end - and help with the shuttles' transition from round-the-world flying marvels to museum showpieces - now face unemployment just as so many of their colleagues did over the last few years. (AP Photo/Marcia Dunn)

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – Space shuttle Atlantis isn’t going far to its retirement home at Kennedy Space Center’s main tourist stop. But it might as well be a world away for the workers who spent decades doting on Atlantis and NASA’s other shuttles.

Those who agreed to stay until the end – and help with the shuttles’ transition from round-the-world flying marvels to museum showpieces – now face unemployment just like so many of their colleagues over the last few years.

NASA’s 30-year shuttle program ended more than a year ago with Atlantis the last shuttle to orbit the Earth.

Now, it’s the last of three shuttles to leave the coop. The one-way road trip over a mere 10 miles represents the closing chapter of what once was a passionate endeavor for so many.

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