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Stennis Space Center to cut 129 as result of consolidation

BAY ST. LOUIS — NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center in Hancock County will lose 129 contractor jobs as a result of a recent consolidation of operational contracts.

The Sun Herald reports the consolidation will merge the Stennis Space Center in Hancock County and Michoud in New Orleans.

Stennis director Richard Gilbrech said Thursday that the agency needed to make some cuts in order to realize its goals of sending people to Mars within the next 20 years. He says he hopes the move will make the agency more competitive so they can bring back more jobs in the future.

The space center employs about 1,870 people with about 2,000 additional U.S. Navy personnel. About two-thirds of the workforce is from Mississippi.

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