Uncertain Funding Threatens JPL’s Future Plans

Published by on 02/11/2024 UTC

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory announced Feb. 6 it will lay off 530 employees, about 8% of its staff, citing uncertainty about its budget for 2024. These layoffs, combined with mounting cost overruns and a strained workforce, paint a grim picture for the agency’s broad reaching exploration goals over the next few years, as Congress has been unable to pass spending bills to ensure improved funding levels.

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