The government shutdown is dominating news headlines over the past few days. Regardless of your political views, this shutdown will be affecting lots of government employees. Although the shutdown doesn’t apply to jobs that are crucial to government safety (e.g. airport security), it will greatly affect NASA.
If you visit the NASA webpage you’ll get a message saying:
“Due to the lapse in federal government funding, this website is not available. We sincerely regret this inconvenience.”
NASA had this statement listed on their Google+ page:
“Sorry, but we won’t be posting or replying to comments on Google+ during the government shutdown. Also, all public NASA activities and events are cancelled or postponed until further notice. We’ll be back as soon as possible. Sorry for the inconvenience.”
NASA had several memos regarding the shutdown, but most of them currently aren’t viewable and only show the above message from NASA. Space Politics reported that NASA will keep some of their full time employees working, and the shutdown will greatly affect part time workers.
Exempt from the government shutdown are those employees who are fulfilling critical roles in the International Space Station, NASA satellites, and other serious research positions. Hopefully, this shutdown won’t last too much longer, and we’ll keep you posted as things move forward.