Utah’s elected leaders rally to save space program

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Sen. Bob Bennett is attacking President Barack Obama’s decision to end the new-generation Constellation space program.The program promised a lot of work for ATK Space Systems in Utah.Bennett, R-Utah, told state lawmakers Thursday that he thinks the president’s decision is “stupid” and will try to rally key members of Congress to reverse it.Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, whose district takes in many ATK operations, says Obama’s move would do away with 7,000 jobs nationwide involved in space, engineering, math and science.ATK laid off 420 workers last week and 550 in October, citing the phase-out of the space shuttle and Minuteman III ballistic missile program. The Constellation program was supposed to replace the space shuttle.

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