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[i]The most recent guidance from NASA, [URL=https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/shutdownfaqs-09-28-2015-update.pdf]released in 2017[/URL], indicates that all nonessential employees should stay home during a shutdown, while a small contingent of staff continue to work on "excepted" projects. The heads of each NASA center decide which employees need to stay, but they're typically the people who operate important or hazardous programs, including employees working on upcoming launches or those who operate satellites and the International Space Station.
In fact, NASA has two spacewalks planned for astronauts on the ISS in the next couple of weeks, and those activities aren't expected to change in light of a shutdown. "When it comes to station operations, we have a plan," Kenny Todd, NASA's ISS mission operations integration manager, said during a press briefing about the spacewalks on Thursday. "Mission-essential, critical personnel will be on site, will be working, will be continuing the mission. So we don't see that as any kind of impact going forward when it comes to our daily operations."[/i]
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