Gravity Hits NASA: Shutdown as "Nonessential" NASA Turns 55
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.
Now that they're on furlough, maybe NASA employees can go get away from work with a movie ... or not
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.
Did you know space has a smell? Before ISS hatch to Cygnus was opened, small area between vehicles was at vacuum which left a distinct odor— Mike Hopkins (@AstroIllini) September 30, 2013
Chicago looks amazing at night. pic.twitter.com/Logb1UFCLv— Mike Hopkins (@AstroIllini) October 5, 2013
Love this cloud! Don't remember where we were when I took the picture. Anyone recognize? October 2. pic.twitter.com/lwkJbw4Itv— Karen L. Nyberg (@AstroKarenN) October 6, 2013