Published: Jul 27, 2010 11:32 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 27, 2010 7:36 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - About 1,000 NASA employees in Florida will soon find out if they're out of a job.

The United Space Alliance has decided to lay off 15 percent of its workforce with only two missions remaining. Up to 8,000 employees could be out of a job by the time the shuttle program ends.

President/CEO Virginia Barnes says, "Our workforce has known for several years that the space shuttle program has been scheduled to end, but layoffs are always difficult for everyone involved."

"The accomplishments of this team are unmatched in human space flight. We acknowledge the tremendous talent and commitment of our teammates and congratulate them on their achievements."

Those being laid off will receive a severance package and work placement assistance.