Udall guardedly optimistic about Colo. NASA jobs

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Colorado Sen. Mark Udall says he’s guardedly optimistic about saving space-related jobs in Colorado after speaking with NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden.

Udall and Sen. Michael Bennet, both Democrats, met with Bolden on Monday to discuss the impact on Colorado of President Barack Obama’s decision to cancel NASA’s Constellation program, meant to return humans to the moon.

Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Colorado is building the Orion crew capsule for Constellation.

Udall says canceling Orion would directly lead to the loss of 1,000 jobs. Some estimate say another 3,000 related jobs would also be lost.

Udall says Bolden told him NASA is still committed to human space flight.

Udall says he’s now waiting to see what Obama says about space later this week.

- Associated Press