Many workers at the Cape Kennedy space complex face redundancy and there are fears that this could affect the quality of work.
Many workers at the Cape Kennedy space complex face redundancy and there are fears that this could affect the quality of work. To counter the present poor morale, daily announcements are being made over loudspeaker systems. These include a message from Alan Shepard, commander of the Apollo 14 Moonshot on Sunday (January 31), saying that the astronauts are depending on the workers.
The morale campaign includes everybody at Cape Kennedy. In addition to Alan Shepard's message, broadcast daily, 12,000 letters have gone to employees from the astronauts. Booklets and pamphlets have been issued and--in NASA terminology--a motivational film has been produced.
The campaign has been extended to posters and car bumper stickers, all designed to give the workers the feeling they are closely connected with the Moon landing.
Shepard was worried about the effects of bad morale on the people who put together the thousands of parts for his spacecraft. His message that he and his crew are counting on them has encouraged them to do their work to the best of their ability. But it has not ended their fears that after Apollo 14 starts its journey to the Moon several hundred more workers will be laid off.