Saturday, April 9, 2011


The big question weighing on the minds of a concerned or interested in the field of space exploration, U.S. How can the United States Government shutdown would affect the space agency. In short, if the work or service NASA curtailed or closed or the building management and it does not threaten life, and spacecraft, data, or a task, it would be through the continued closure of the government. This means it will be certified thousands of employees and NASA, scientists for robotic missions not be able to work on new data collection, and can delay the launch of S – 134 indefinitely until Congress passes the budget.
While not mission shuttle was scheduled to launch April 29 the International Space Station because of the stop, it would be all workers NASA essential for the international space station and its operations continue to work, as well as those who have devoted themselves to the space shuttle Endeavour – off the start – a secure and stable. In addition, engineers who work with the investigation and NASA, and many of the satellites orbiting around the Earth, which monitor the health of spacecraft, retention and performance – those “necessary to prevent harm to life or property” by NASA and developed, we will continue to work. But scientists and researchers involved in those missions likely to send the home page.
In a letter to the Office of Management and Budget, the NASA Chief Financial Officer Elizabeth Robinson, an update on how NASA will work in the event of a government funding ceases. “The decision on what should be excluded from the employees leave is a very specific reality, and the department responsible for the NASA centers are in the best position to make decisions detailed on the suspension of jobs, and ongoing regular that could threaten the safety and check for human life or property protection,” wrote Robinson.
For example, at NASA headquarters, and there are 1611 total employees, and only 22 are considered “essential” and that it will not be licensed. In the Ames Research Center NASA, not only 25 out of 1250 full-time staff to be licensed if and when the shutdown occurs.
A government employee during the leave it to us, even if someone were classified as “essential” or “exemption” and should come in and work, and it will not get paid until later. Staff “unnecessary”, there is no guarantee that the government will provide any compensation for the time that government offices and non-closed. “For closure in 1995, they did not give all salaries in arrears,” said the employee, who requested anonymity. “But this time? Who knows?”
Those who live and breathe, and NASA on the Internet, you will find cutting your lifeline. And will be broadcast NASA TV. Will not be updated sites including the NASA site key, NASA Earth Observatory site send an email to inform subscribers that it will not be able to update starting April 9 if the closure occurs. This is for security reasons, because people will not be there to maintain and secure locations.

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