"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."Categories: TrumpSpace
"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."Categories: Astronauts, Columbia, Shutdown
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."Categories: Shutdown
The effects of the shutdown are steadily increasing, including for the #aerospace & defense industry. Our new series, which will continue each week until the government is fully funded, shares the impact of the #GovernmentShutdown on A&D. Read more: https://t.co/f0YIAehYQQ— Aerospace Industries (@AIAspeaks) January 18, 2019
AAS community, we have put together (and are regularly updating) a "Shutdown Central" page on our website to be a source of information. If you have more information to add or stories to share, please e-mail us at email@example.com. https://t.co/XmOAdUUrhy— AAS Public Policy (@AAS_Policy) January 18, 2019
One of @NASA's main problems right now is communicating with its workforce since memos and updates are sent to government and contractor email accounts that cannot be accessed during the #governmentshutdown pic.twitter.com/RPnOQSENj6— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) January 18, 2019
I am an Uber driver in the Bay Area and I am offering free rides to government employees during the shut down. If you live in Scott valley, Santa Cruz, Capitola, Soquel, Aptos ,Freedom, Watsonville please Just gives me a Call at (8319008444) and I will pick you up for free.— Khaled W Moslimany (@kwm009) January 18, 2019
FYI @NASA employee unions: when you have these events for furloughed people remember that its not just civil servants who aren't working. Its the larger contractor community too. Civil servants will be paid. Contractor employees have no such assurances. #Governmentshutdown pic.twitter.com/LDbCbps50N— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) January 17, 2019
Space Sciences Institute just issued a stop-work order to everyone there funded by a Federal grant (which I guess is almost everyone). #ShutdownStories— M.-M. Mac Low (@astrocurator) January 17, 2019
The NASA Postdoctoral Program contract runs out of money tomorrow. This means its fellows - some of the best and brightest space scientists in the world - will go without pay starting Friday. These folks are contractors, which means they aren't covered by the backpay bill.— Shawn Domagal-Goldman (@shawndgoldman) January 17, 2019
USRA is making funds available to @NASA Postdoctoral Program fellows to ensure their financial security through the shutdown. We do not expect any interruption to fellows on J-1 visas. We are in contact with NPP fellows and NASA. We appreciate the concern for fellows' wellbeing.— USRA (@USRAedu) January 17, 2019
"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."
"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."
"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."
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."
#Governmentshutdown rally at @NASA_Ames on Friday— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) January 16, 2019
• 10:30 am: Help Room/Rally HQ, Ramada Inn, 55 Fairchild Dr.,Mountain View
• 12:30 pm: Walking Protest Procession - Ramada to NASA Ames
• 1:00 pm: RALLY @ NASA Ames Research Center Main Gate#NASA #shutdown pic.twitter.com/M9oXtaCV5X
#NASA has hurled technology out of our solar system and has peered back at the dawn of creation. Yet this all comes to a halt when politicians back on Earth argue instead of govern. #governmentshutdown #shutdown pic.twitter.com/FB6FjuJu25— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) January 16, 2019
Sources report @ISS_CASIS is working to create a for-profit commercial arm of CASIS to compete with the private sector and they are doing it using #NASA funds. This is in overt conflict with both the cooperative agreement CASIS has with @NASA Congressional authorizing legislation— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) January 16, 2019
Apparently the number of companies willing to use their own money to develop experiments for @ISS_CASIS has all but dried up. Not sure other companies will stand for a government-subsidized competitor competing for government subsidized launches.— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) January 16, 2019
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