NASA Glenn would gain jobs, grow in stature under Obama plan, Sen. Sherrod Brown says

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NASA Glenn would gain jobs, grow in stature under Obama plan, Sen. Sherrod Brown says

Plain Dealer – CLEVELAND, Ohio — The NASA Glenn Research Center would gain several hundred jobs and greater stature in the space agency with new duties under President Obama's proposed budget, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown says.

Those jobs result from NASA Glenn's role as leader of two new programs that would cost $2.1 billion over the next five years, NASA officials announced today.

The gains would come even as scores of civil service positions could be lost at NASA Glenn under Obama's plan to phase out the back-to-the-moon mission known as Constellation, in which the Brook Park center plays a vital role.

Obama favors using commercial rockets for near-Earth missions, such as trips to the International Space Station, and undertaking more research before embarking on manned deep-space flights.

"While Constellation will be scaled back, Cleveland gets a whole lot more money, jobs and importance in the whole NASA program," said Brown, a Democrat from Avon. "It means a new day and a series of new responsibilities and missions for NASA Glenn."

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