Gravity Hits NASA: Shutdown as "Nonessential" NASA Turns 55

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Now that they're on furlough, maybe NASA employees can go get away from work with a movie ... or not
Last week was NASA's 55th birthday. However, the folks over at NASA didn't have a giant cake or some crazy party to celebrate 55 years of the space program. Instead, 97 percent of NASA employees were deemed "nonessential," sent home without pay and told to wait and not work until the government finally agrees on a budget and gets up and running again.

The furlough doesn't seem to include two astronauts who can't just pack up and go home, Karen Nyberg and Mike Hopkins, since they're currently aboard the International Space Station. They have been sending down some entertaining tweets though with pictures of clouds and sky and floating hair, as NPR reported.

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