Astronauts, Mars rovers not lost in space during gov’t shutdown

Like other government organizations, NASA has sent many of its workers home today because of the government shut down.

Worried about what that might mean for the astronauts living and working on the International Space Station in orbit around the Earth?

“Hello? NASA? Anybody there? We have a question up here. Anybody there? Hellooooooo.”

Yah, don’t worry about that happening.

NASA's websites are down today because of the government shutdown but the space agency had noted on its website on Monday that while many workers would be heading home, they would keep people working in support of “life and property.” That means workers will be on the job, supporting the astronauts on the space station.

It also means scientists and engineers working on the Mars rover Curiosity, along with those working on the Mars rover Opportunity  and the Mars and moon orbiters.

However, if there’s a significant find on Mars or from any of NASA’s other projects, like Voyager 1 or the Hubble Space Telescope, we won’t hear about it. NASA won’t be putting out news or even tweeting during the government shutdown.

“Sorry, but we won’t be tweeting/responding to replies during the government shutdown. Be back as soon as possible,” NASA noted on the Twitter accounts of several of its divisions, like the Johnson Space Center and the Ames Research Center.

“Due to the gov’t shutdown, all public NASA activities/events are cancelled or postponed until further notice. Sorry for the inconvenience,” NASA also tweeted.

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