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JBoe
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posted 10-14-2013 06:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
Just to be clear though, NASA's International Space Station Mission Control remains staffed...
Thanks for sharing the skit. My comment, in the very general of terms, goes back to my experience starting the with the sequester when our organization decided to deem over 60% of the management "essential." I know NASA and the government at large wouldn't deem ISS support or other "vital" support as non-essential.

328KF
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posted 10-14-2013 09:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
Does Scott Kelly, for example, continue training for his one year mission in 2015?
Mark Kelly just appeared on CNN's Piers Morgan show and mentioned that not only was his brother Scott furloughed, but just filed for unemployment benefits as well.

Hopefully the rumored deal will put an end to this tomorrow sometime.

alanh_7
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posted 10-14-2013 09:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I saw that as well. Says volumes.

jasonelam
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posted 10-15-2013 04:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jasonelam   Click Here to Email jasonelam     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Loved the SNL skit, wife and I both laughed. Actually had a friend ask me about that same scenario (mission control not manned during shutdown) a few days ago, might tell him to watch this.

Hopefully it will not come to this, but my wife asked me what would happen to NASA if the government did not reach a compromise by the time the debt ceiling was reached. Any thoughts?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-16-2013 11:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Senate leaders have just announced they have reached an agreement to end the government shutdown and avert default on the national debt. The House may act on the agreed upon deal first to expedite the legislative process.

Now somewhat moot but worth noting, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) on Tuesday (Oct. 15) introduced a bill to fund NASA for Fiscal Year 2014, to return the space agency's employees to work regardless the status of the shutdown.

Robert Pearlman
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President Barack Obama on Wednesday evening (Oct. 16) signed into law a bill to re-open the federal government and temporarily suspend the debt ceiling.
The bill will fund the federal government through Jan. 15 and extend the government’s borrowing power through Feb. 7. It also calls for a congressional agreement by mid-December on a long-term budget plan.
As evidence of the government immediately returning furloughed employees to work, I received an automated call from NASA at 11:35 p.m. CDT instructing that I check with my department for direction on reporting to work.

(Of course, I don't work for NASA — but Johnson Space Center's permanent press badge treats media as a class of employee.)

Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-16-2013 11:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Smithsonian has announced that the National Air and Space Museum, along with its other museums, will reopen to visitors on Thursday (Oct. 17).

BMckay
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posted 10-17-2013 07:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We had to cancel some astronaut visits this week. It was the first time we ever had an issue. We would of been okay if the government was up and running on Tuesday.

moorouge
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posted 10-17-2013 08:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
Of course, I don't work for NASA — but Johnson Space Center's permanent press badge treats media as a class of employee.

Glad to see that the Government thinks you're back in gainful employment Robert. We were just about to organise a whip round for you.

cspg
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posted 10-17-2013 08:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And NASA websites are accessible...

Robert Pearlman
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Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will resume offering its bus tours starting Friday (Oct. 18).

Ronpur
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posted 10-17-2013 09:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ronpur   Click Here to Email Ronpur     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The email updates from NASA are hitting my inbox again!!!


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