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“In a nutshell, the government shutdown should not impact our response to the anomaly with WFC3,” she said. “The primary people we need in the Flight and Science Operations will be available to troubleshoot. A tiger team has already been activated.”

Source: https://gizmodo.com/hubble-space-telescope-faces-more-hardwa...




I was honestly wondering how/why a government shutdown would effect NASA in any broad measure. It doesn't look like, from skimming the article, Nature even interviewed a single person. It's all just conjecture. Sloppy journalism is one of the biggest reasons the press is not trusted more broadly.


The quote is actually from the Space Telescope Science Institute, which receives funding from NASA but is not directly part of it and therefore is not immediately affected by the shutdown.

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:

https://amp.space.com/42823-nasa-government-shutdown-plan-20...

> 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.


Just as anecdata, my neighbor, working at NASA (Moffett) seems to be on furlough.


Yes, almost all folks at Moffett (NASA Ames Research Center) are US government employees, just as at NASA Goddard. They will be on furlough unless their job is essential.

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.


It seems a bigger problem is sloppy reading, since the article addresses in part how NASA is effected by the shutdown.


Do you have additional commentary about the press now that other posters have provided more context to that quote from a website?


To provide some missing context bere, the Gizmodo quote is actually in regards to the work of the Space Telescope Science Institute.

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.




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