However, as the Nature article discusses, parts of NASA that work with Hubble are affected.
The general impact of the shutdown on NASA has been widely reported:
> Most NASA personnel will be furloughed until such an agreement is reached, agency officials explained recently in a [shutdown FAQ](https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/shutdow...). "Most" is something of an understatement, in fact; about 95 percent of NASA employees won't be able to go to work.
STScI/APL in Baltimore, like JPL in Pasadena, are technically contractors. As described nearby, they are still at work like normal due to the float in money already sent (to Hopkins/APL or Caltech, respectively) but not yet dispersed.
Of course, those folks are looking on anxiously as this fiasco plays out, designing telescopes, probes, and rovers like usual, but with uneasy coffee room conversations.
The Nature article discusses how different groups are affected differently by the shutdown:
> Hubble’s mission operations are based at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, where most employees are on involuntary leave during the shutdown. A few people who operate spacecraft that are actively flying, including Hubble, have been allowed to keep working.
> But fixing the telescope, which is almost 30 years old, will almost certainly require additional government employees who are forbidden to work during the shutdown. NASA has formed an investigative team, composed primarily of contractors and experts from its industry partners, to examine the technical troubles.
> The Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, which runs Hubble’s science operations, remains open for now, using money it received from NASA before the shutdown started. But many of Hubble’s technical experts are based at Goddard, which is closed.
It's still a huge hassle for families to go through and have to deal with. That's assuming that you manage to get said loan without any other possible predatory circumstances attached.
I believe federal employees still get a paycheck for missed time. Just they won't get it till government opens back up.
It’s time to emerge from the bubble and recognize that how you live is not how everyone lives, and maybe even develop a bit of empathy and compassion.
That's the comment I was replying to. If they need money to pay their bills they can get a 0% loan for their missed paychecks.
There's obviously reasons to be pissed about the shutdown.
Not automatically. Everyone just assumes that whatever funding bill eventually passes will include a backpay provision.
But in a legal sense, these jobs simply don't exist any more. No plan exists in law to pay these employees ever again.
Trump will go with a national emergency declaration (we've had 58 of those declared just since 1979) in an attempt to fund and build the wall the military route. That will be halted due to an injunction. Then it'll end up at the Supreme Court. Assuming the Democrats don't offer a compromise to Trump that is.
I thought your remark that there had been so many national emergencies was interesting. This turns out to be true — color me surprised.
Almost all of them seem to not involve spending money — they are prohibitions on money transfers. I assume this is where the emergency-for-wall would run into trouble, because it’s the Congress that appropriates money.