NASA's JPL in California to Lay Off 530 Workers Due to Funding Shortfall

NASA cut jobs at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, impacting Mars missions.

The agency paused its Mars Sample Return program due to budget issues.

Administrator Bill Nelson expressed regret over the job cuts.

An independent review board is assessing the sample return program's future.

Around 530 lab employees and 40 contractors are affected.

JPL has a history of significant achievements in  space exploration.

Rep. Judy Chu criticized the decision and vowed to fight for funding.

Over 40 California lawmakers expressed concern over Mars program cuts.

 They urged NASA to reconsider the decision and maintain funding.

Congressional leaders highlighted  the importance  of JPL's workforce.