It Does Take a Rocket Scientist; As Federal Budget Cuts Hit NASA, Its Talent Looks to Energy Sector

Where do rocket scientists go when NASA’s space shuttle program ends? To the oil and natural gas sector, apparently.

National Public Radio reported this morning from the Johnson Space Center in Texas—which headquarters the agency’s engineers and astronauts. NPR Houston correspondent Wade Goodwyn noted that “thousands of NASA employees are losing their jobs here.”

Thankfully, the unemployment may be temporary. This is because, as Goodwyn reported, many of the scientists and engineers will take their incredible expertise to the energy sector.

I hope the irony of this situation is not lost on President Obama, who only a few months prior peppered his State of the Union remarks with several references to America’s prowess in the Space Race while disparaging the oil and natural gas industry as “yesterday’s energy.”