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Did Trump Really Want Humans On Mars By 2020?

By Keith Cowing on January 22, 2019 9:58 PM.

Trump Reportedly Demanded That NASA Fly a Manned Mission to Mars by 2020, Splinter

"What if we sent NASA's budget through the roof, but focused entirely on that instead of whatever else you're doing now. Could it work then?" Lightfoot told him he was sorry, but he didn't think it was possible. This left Trump "visibly disappointed," Sims wrote. "But I tried to refocus him on the task at hand. We were now about 90 seconds from going live."

How Trump Offered NASA Unlimited Funding to Go to Mars in His First Term, New York Magazine

"Lightfoot explained to the president -- who, again, had recently signed a bill containing a plan for Mars -- that NASA planned to send a rover to Mars in 2020 and, by the 2030s, would attempt a manned spaceflight. "Trump bristled," according to Sims. He asked, "But is there any way we could do it by the end of my first term?" Sims described the uncomfortable exchange that followed the question, with Lightfoot shifting and placing his hand on his chin, hesitating politely and attempting to let Trump down easily, emphasizing the logistical challenges involving "distance, fuel capacity, etc. Also the fact that we hadn't landed an American anywhere remotely close to Mars ever."


NASA's Annual Day of Remembrance Postponed

By Keith Cowing on January 22, 2019 4:51 PM.

NASA's annual Day of Remembrance Postponed

"NASA's annual Day of Remembrance reminds us to reflect on not just the sacrifices that have been made by our fallen family, friends, and co-workers, but also to remind us of our core values of safety, integrity, and teamwork as we carry out our history-making missions. Unfortunately, most of our NASA family are on furlough and we recognize your participation in many of the Day of Remembrance activities would be a challenge. As a result, we have decided to delay our observance until we are all able to come together as a family to remember our fallen astronauts and those who have given their life in pursuit of exploration. An updated time for our commemoration has not yet been selected, but we will make this a priority once the furlough is over and everyone is back to work."

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NASA Has Been In Safe Mode For A Month

By Keith Cowing on January 22, 2019 11:22 AM.


NASA GRC Shutdown Event

By Keith Cowing on January 22, 2019 10:32 AM.

"The Great Lakes Science Center is hosting an event on Thursday, January 24, from 10 a.m. to noon for the GRC Civil Service and Support Service Contractor Workforce impacted by the partial government shutdown. This is an opportunity to receive community resource information as well as to interact and connect with GRC colleagues. We understand GLSC will be inviting representatives and/or will have information available from local financial institutions, community organizations, the employee assistance program and the Ohio Unemployment Office. In addition, people will be on hand to answer questions about NASA HR related issues, government employee benefits, outside employment rules, and other available resources. The science center will provide free parking to attendees and as always; NASA Glenn employees and contractors, as well as their immediate family, will receive free admission to the Science Center. Attendance is entirely voluntary."


Some Countries Think That Their Space Program Is Important

By Keith Cowing on January 19, 2019 4:15 PM.


NASA Shutdown Update

By Keith Cowing on January 19, 2019 12:25 PM.

Furloughed NASA Custodians In Florida Paid During Partial Government Shutdown, Brevard Times

"Most of the 95 custodians who clean the facilities at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida have not worked at their job in almost a month. But according to their government contractor, none of the workers have missed a paycheck. "It's the right thing to do," said Rosalind Weiss, community relations manager for Brevard Achievement Center, or BAC. "And we can do it because we are fiscally sound." Weiss says the BAC, a non-profit government contractor employing mostly disabled people, is dipping into its reserves to keep paying its custodial workers at NASA's Kennedy Space Center."

Shutdown stalemate spurs fears of exodus from NASA Ames, Mountain View Voice

"A lot of our talented folks, they've already found other jobs because they can't afford the loss of these paychecks," she said. "At this point, it's hard for us to justify what we consider meaningful work for the American taxpayer." The experience was all too familiar for Matt Linton, a computer security engineer who left NASA in 2013 during a similar government shutdown that lasted about two weeks. At the time, "a major tech employer" in Mountain View called him up to offer a job with an 85 percent pay increase. Their pitch was simple: Sure, you love working at NASA, but we can actually pay you. With a mortgage on a Sunnyvale house and a newborn child, Linton said he couldn't find a way to say no."

Unpaid NASA workers protect critical missions during government shutdown, CBS

"But at some point, if the government remains in partial shutdown and NASA continues to be unable to pay its mounting bills, projects on the ground, at least, could face slowdowns or work stoppages. Insiders say the agency is probably on solid ground through the end of the month, but if the shutdown extends very far into February, serious consequences, in terms of delays and higher costs, may be unavoidable."

JPL May Have to "Adjust Staffing Levels" if Government Shutdown Continues Into February, Pasadena Now

"Caltech President Thomas Rosenbaum on Tuesday issued a message for the Caltech community saying the institute's operations continue despite the shutdown, but added "future negative consequences" could be possible - especially with regards to JPL. "The most significant impact is on JPL," Rosenbaum said. "Prior to the shutdown, laboratory management worked with NASA to maximize the available funding for JPL's tasks. To date, JPL has been able to avoid furloughs, but may have to adjust staffing levels if the shutdown continues into February."

Doug Jones Risks His Alabama Senate Seat Over the Shutdown and the Wall, NY Times

"In Huntsville, the effect of empty offices at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center on the Army's Redstone Arsenal base has rippled through the contractors, restaurants and hotels that power Rocket City. "For us, because we're a small town, the shutdown is kind of difficult. But there's also things in politics that may be worth doing," said Angie Gates, whose small family restaurant has lost patrons. "If Doug Jones doesn't support the wall, I don't support him."

Furloughed NASA employee's dream job turning into a nightmare from government shutdown, ABC 5

"A dream job quickly turning into a nightmare for one furloughed NASA Glenn Research Center employee. "They have that big sign that says research and development for the benefit of all. And my first day driving in there really made me feel like this is it, this is home," The worker said. "That job security is what drew me to it" But now he's sitting at home waiting for the shutdown to end to get back to work. "I really don't have a ton of savings built up, I just have a month or two set aside so if this lasts another week or two I'm going to be in deep water." The worker said. "I'm going to have to be talking to my landlord, talking to my creditors and telling them this is where I'm at and pretty much being at their mercy."

Shutdown imperils NASA's decadelong ice-measuring campaign, Science

"The spreading effects of the partial U.S. government shutdown have reached Earth's melting poles. IceBridge, a decadelong NASA aerial campaign meant to secure a seamless record of ice loss, has had to sacrifice at least half of what was supposed to be its final spring deployment, its scientists say. The shortened mission threatens a crucial plan to collect overlapping data with a new ice-monitoring satellite called the Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite (ICESat)-2. The nearly monthlong spending impasse between Congress and President Donald Trump, "throws a giant wrench into that long-developed plan," says John Sonntag, an IceBridge mission scientist at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland."

NASA postdocs hit by shutdown get emergency lifeline, Nature

"Many of the NASA fellows are foreign citizens on J-1 visas, who would have to leave the United States within 30 days if they lost their jobs. "Our understanding is that the approach we're taking means that the J-1s can continue uninterrupted," says White. That doesn't reduce the anxiety of one fellow on a J-1 visa, who asked to remain anonymous to avoid any potential retaliation. "This is a big point of concern for many of the postdocs," the person says. "With this kind of visa we cannot look for another job. That's really, really scary."


Shutdown Update

By Keith Cowing on January 18, 2019 4:47 PM.


Uber Driver Offers Free Rides In Silicon Valley

By Keith Cowing on January 18, 2019 1:20 AM.


NASA Civil Servant Unions: Remember The Contractor Employees

By Keith Cowing on January 17, 2019 8:05 PM.


The Shutdown Is Spreading (Update)

By Keith Cowing on January 17, 2019 8:00 PM.


NASA Shutdown Update (Revised)

By Keith Cowing on January 17, 2019 12:50 PM.

NIA hosting Community Support Open House Thursday 1-3pm

"The National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) will host a Community Support Open House for People Impacted by the Government Shutdown from 1-3pm this Thursday, January 17 at the NIA, 100 Explorations Way in Hampton."

Message From the NASA Ames Center Director

"Ames civil servants and contractors are invited to an informal "drop-in" event at the Tee Minus One Bar & Grill at the Moffett Field Golf Course on Thursday, January 17, from 10am to 1pm. Please feel free to come by at any time during this period to get some information or just connect with your colleagues."

Message from Bob Gibbs to the NASA Workforce - Important Information Related to the Government Shutdown, NASA

"I am reaching out on behalf of NASA's leadership to provide you with an update on the government shutdown and provide information and resources during this difficult time. While some of this information may be repetitive, we wanted to take this opportunity to both provide you with the updated information we currently have as well as highlight important issues. First, I understand that this is a difficult time for everyone. So, I would like to thank you all for your commitment and patience as the lapse in funding continues. As a reminder, important information is being added to NASA's shutdown public website on a regular basis so please remember to visit often."

Temporary Opportunities For People Affected During Shutdown (TOPAS), LinkedIn

NASA employess have created a LinkedIn Group to share Government Shutdown information: "The group offers people affected by shutdown chance to look for temporary opportunity. Businesses can find talented workforce to solve problems on temporary basis without long-term commitment."

Funding furloughed NASA postdocs, GoFundMe

"This is an emergency for these folks, both financially and professionally. A lack of funding for them will push them to find other jobs, and could lead to a significant brain drain for the United States space sciences community. So we are starting a GoFundMe campaign to allow them to continue their research during the government shutdown."


NASA's Exploration Of The Cosmos Hobbled By Terrestrial Politics

By Keith Cowing on January 16, 2019 6:25 PM.


"I Have My Dream Job - Please Let Me Do It"

By Keith Cowing on January 16, 2019 12:37 PM.


CASIS Plans To Compete With The Private Sector Using NASA Funds

By Keith Cowing on January 15, 2019 7:41 PM.

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There Is Now Life On Two Worlds In Our Solar System

By Keith Cowing on January 15, 2019 11:09 AM.

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