Comment from an earlier post. The Los Alamos Monitor carried the story here:
Sigh! Another LANL WFO bites the dust. We are just too expensive, even for NASA:
** LANL losses NASA job **
- KOB TV, Sept 16, 2007
Los Alamos National Labratory lost a job with NASA, even though the project is nearly done. The lab was building a remote-sensing laser for the next robot NASA will send to Mars.
The Mars Science Laboratory Rover is a beefed-up version of the robots Spirit and Opportunity, which have been on Mars for three years now.
The robots are checking to see if there is or ever was life on Mars. NASA said they dropped LANL because the agency had to cut costs.