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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:


> 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?

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