Washington, Feb. 7: NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has laid off about 530 people, or 8 percent of its workforce, due to a lack of funding, the agency said, amid layoffs at large technology companies worldwide.
About 40 more members of the contractors’ workforce have also been laid off.
“After exhausting all other measures to accommodate a lower NASA budget, and in the absence of a congressional appropriation for FY24, we have had to make the difficult decision to reduce JPL’s workforce through layoffs.” officials said in a statement.
Officials indicated that the layoffs will have an impact on both the technical area and the support of the Laboratory.
“These are painful but necessary adjustments that will allow us to meet our budget allocation while continuing our important work for NASA and our nation,” the statement said.
Based in California, JPL receives federal funding but is managed by the California Institute of Technology.
He leads NASA’s major scientific projects, such as the Curiosity and Perseverance rover missions on Mars; as well as the ambitious Mars Sample Return (MSR) campaign, which aims to take the search for life on the Red Planet to new and exciting levels.