The Five Stages of the Lifecycle

“The phoenix hope, can wing her way through the desert skies, and still defying fortune’s spite; revive from ashes and rise.”
-Miguel de Cervantes

As news begins circulating this week in the human spaceflight community about impending layoffs in the Constellation Program, I’ve been giving a lot of thought to the life-changing impacts that many of my friends and colleagues are facing.  “Will I be laid off?”  “What future is there for me in human spaceflight?”  “How will I provide for my family?”  My heart aches as the uncertainty and ambiguity in the situation in human spaceflight continues with each passing day, and the resulting impacts to those who have dedicated their careers to it.  What solace can we seek in this environment where we await some kind of resolution from a political environment that borders on toxic at times?

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The Five Stages of the Lifecycle