NASA Officials Prepare For Sequestration Cuts

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REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (WHNT) - With only seven days before sequestration cuts take effect, NASA is preparing to face devastating cuts.

The 5% cut to the agency may not seem like a lot, but NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, says it will be painful.

"Sequestration was intended to never have to happen. It was made to be so painful that we would not do it, well guess what? Congress wasn't able to do what they were supposed to do, so we are going to suffer," warned Bolden.

Bolden says jobs will be cut, though some agencies will be hurt more than others. If there is a silver lining to his dismal outlook, it is that Marshall Space Flight Center will, relative to other NASA agencies, be okay.

"We made massive job losses when we phased the shuttle out. Huntsville was one of the major areas affected. So that pain is gone. That was pain," said Bolden. "You all knew it, but people around the country may not have known that. So other areas are going to have to go through a lot of pain with sequestration."

Bolden says several programs NASA is working on, that would again send astronauts into deep space, will be interrupted if sequestration occurs.

The cuts are scheduled to go into effect on March 1st, though some Congressional leaders believe there will be a 30 day period before the impact is felt.

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