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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.

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