[FPSPACE] Due to Republican shut-down of the US government, NASA institutes drastic measures across-the-board

Peter Pesavento pjp961 at svol.net
Thu Oct 3 17:49:16 EDT 2013

Well, Republican short-sightedness strikes again..


CBS News via Spaceflightnow.com




An excerpt:




With the federal government in partial shutdown, NASA is implementing
drastic, across-the-board furloughs that will severely curtail ongoing
research and development and shut down the agency's widely visited web site
and satellite television channels. 

But officials say flight controllers will continue to oversee the operation
of the International Space Station, home to two NASA astronauts, an Italian
flier and three Russian cosmonauts, and provide uninterrupted support for
spacecraft in Earth orbit and across the solar system. 

Of NASA's 18,250 civil servants, 16,135 -- nearly 90 percent -- will not be
allowed to work during the shutdown. Of the 2,115 who have been deemed
exempt, only 549 are considered full or part-time workers, cleared to use
agency offices and facilities as required. 

Bob Jacobs, a senior public affairs officer at agency headquarters in
Washington, said the rest are "on call," ready to respond to an emergency or
some other contingency, but not allowed to go to work, even voluntarily, or
use NASA email, phones or other services to conduct official business. 


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