MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. - In the shadow of the Kennedy Space Center, Space Shirts has been cranking out T-shirts since the space shuttle program was in its infancy. For 27 years, Brenda Mulberry has built her business on tourists coming to see shuttle launches.
Now that the shuttle program is ending, Mulberry wonders if her business will too. "Nervous, frustrated, anxious, that's how I feel, "said Mulberry.
She has 13 employees and has no idea how many she will have to lay off when the shuttle program shuts down.
"It will be tough. These people are like family, "said Mulberry.
NASA says as many as 8,000 jobs will be eliminated when the shuttle program ends. The local Chamber of Commerce says every space job creates 2.8 private sector jobs to support it.
It's why so many businesses like Space Shirts are worried about the shuttle shutdown.
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