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NASA Shut Down:

October 1, 2013 News 574
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This image appears on NASA's Twitter page, a direct response to the shit down.

This image appears on NASA’s Twitter page, a direct response to the shut down.

Today is NASA’s 55th birthday, but there is no one around to celebrate. Why? Because today is also the day that NASA will shut down since the U.S. government failed to pass a budget. Ultimately, this shut down means that operations will stop in a variety of government sectors. All in all, 41% of federal employees will be furloughed (forced to take an unpaid leave of absence). This includes most of NASA’s 18,000 employees. In fact, it includes 97% of them. Only 600 NASA employees are expected to continue their work.

 

Of course, the crew abroad the International Space Station will not be abandoned. Mission control will continue to operate to ensure the safety of the crew. Additionally, operations will continue on satellites already in orbit. NASA will continue to monitor this technology and ensure that it does not malfunction; however, if a satellite has not been launched, all work related to the project will generally cease. Case in point, NASA is planning to launch the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft in November to examine the Red Planet’s atmosphere. The government shutdown will cause a number of issues for this project, and NASA may miss their launch window. Since a specific planetary alignment is needed for the voyage to Mars, missing this date means that NASA wouldn’t be able to launch until 2016. But what does all of this mean for the general public? How will the NASA shutdown impact us?

 

This image is all that is seen when one tried to access the NASA webpage

This image is all that is seen when one tried to access the NASA webpage

First, it is a serious blow to the Hubble Space Telescope. Though the telescope will continue to operate, the researchers in charge at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore will not be at work to analyze data or produce images. Similarly, The Mars rovers will continue to operate, but with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s website shut down, we won’t really be getting any updates. After a week, the contracting company that NASA employs to control the rovers will run out of funds. At this point, the rovers will cease new exploration–they will no longer be roaming over the rocky surface of the dusty planet. They will go into hibernation until the government starts back up.

 

NASA voyager nasa shut downIt is unfortunate that scientific exploration and the search for new knowledge can be so easily put on hold by politics and spending issues. However, there are a number of other countries that are still conducting research, posting updates, and carrying on as usual. So, although this shutdown is extremely detrimental to NASA, it does not mean that all space exploration is on a hiatus. The work continues elsewhere.

 

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193 Comments

  1. Deborah Wojick October 1, 2013 at 8:31 pm -

    :(

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  2. Susan Artmesia Meehan October 1, 2013 at 8:32 pm -

    I don’t want to be American anymore! :’(

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    • Carmen Laz October 1, 2013 at 8:49 pm -

      Me neither. :(

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    • Edward McCain October 1, 2013 at 8:53 pm -

      It seems the older I get, the more likely I am to vote for Socialism and Siestas ;)

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    • Kyle Swanson October 1, 2013 at 9:20 pm -

      In the grand scheme of things this shutdown won’t mean anything at all. These NASA employees will all get back pay, so really they’re just getting a paid vacation right now.

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    • Iuri Diogenes October 1, 2013 at 9:43 pm -

      dont worry, in germany its the same

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    • Rebecca Bart Stubbs October 1, 2013 at 10:15 pm -

      Embarassing being English too .

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    • Bryant Baker October 1, 2013 at 11:49 pm -

      Embarrassing being human to an extent, I for one welcome our future robot overlords.

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    • Nitish Thakur October 2, 2013 at 2:15 am -

      Same here in India :c

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  3. Jeremy Bowlay October 1, 2013 at 8:32 pm -

    I didn’t know that till today, 97% furloughed, YET congress still has a job. This is why we can’t have nice things.

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    • Brian Dinh October 1, 2013 at 8:42 pm -

      shit will go alot faster if they cut the budget of congress….

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    • Aaron Dunlap October 1, 2013 at 8:45 pm -

      Probably not, Brian. They make the majority from their money off of what is effectively insider trading.

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    • Chris Olson October 1, 2013 at 8:50 pm -

      Exactly. This is just our commander in chief making sure it hurts the public as much as possible, as a political tool. I say cut congress and the executive branch off, and pay the dang NASA employees. Besides, these political hacks are independently wealthy, they won’t even feel a missing paycheck or 5 or 10.

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    • Taryn Giro October 1, 2013 at 8:54 pm -

      Yea ppl in congress, depending on their job get paid for life after, if you held multiple positions you get all of it. Pelosi or whatever holds 3 titles, so shell get about 540k a year for life

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    • Taryn Giro October 1, 2013 at 9:00 pm -

      Yup, and its all over the debt ceiling..what the point of having a debt ceiling when they raise it everytime they reach it? It exists to keep gov’t spending in check..and they are basically saying fuck you to the people every time they raise it..our debt is 16 times the global GDP, no way mathematically well ever be able to pay it back.

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    • Taryn Giro October 1, 2013 at 9:05 pm -

      “It is estimated that total derivative exposure of the financial system is between one quadrillion and one and a half quadrillion. A quadrillion is 1,000 trillion dollars and it has largely collapsed. The entire Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of all the world’s countries in 2011 was approximately 77 trillion dollars. GDP is an economic term for everything that is produced for sale. The American middle class is being asked to bear the burden of the entire derivatives market collapse which totals over 16 times the net value of the entire planet. No amount of bailouts can ever cover the loss. This is simply the bankers way of transferring what is left of middle class wealth before the final collapse.”

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    • Jack Frost October 1, 2013 at 10:11 pm -

      @Chris Olsen: How is the total failure of Congress the fault of the Commander in Chief? Don’t be ridiculous. Place blame where blame is due.

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    • Bryant Baker October 1, 2013 at 11:35 pm -

      My representatives gop and my senators are dfl. I plan on voting for none of them next time each of them is up for election regardless of whose running.

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    • Gen Cares October 2, 2013 at 12:35 am -

      In my best Italian sweet heart voice ” I caant have anything nice, even my doggie bites me!

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    • Gen Cares October 2, 2013 at 12:37 am -

      I heard the gov. was considering to taking a cut for babies and small children’s nutrition. Well If this is one way for them to not cut the budget then great! :D oh yeah, and my doggie dont really bite me.

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    • Serena Syn October 2, 2013 at 12:46 am -

      great ? I hope that was sarcastic because them cutting WIC just affected my family and MY babies

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    • Warren Gillespie October 2, 2013 at 3:56 am -

      Hey Bryant, if you don’t vote then you have no right to make a political comment.

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    • Bryant Baker October 2, 2013 at 6:24 pm -

      I plan on voting and I voted for the first time in the last election, I just plan on voting for literally anyone but the incumbents.

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    • Warren Gillespie October 2, 2013 at 6:26 pm -

      OK .. good one. Comment away. ;-)

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  4. Regina Bowling October 1, 2013 at 8:33 pm -

    Idiots in Washington, D.C.

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    • Shawn Elliott October 2, 2013 at 3:01 am -

      idiots in public that voted for the people in Washington, D.C.

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    • Leo Bejarano October 2, 2013 at 3:48 am -

      Idiots that believe that they’re vote counts

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    • Evelyn Stautzenberger October 2, 2013 at 4:01 am -

      Idots who screwed up our freedom, country, planet, and the whole wide universe (I’m pretty sure lol)

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    • Heidi Battermann October 2, 2013 at 5:09 am -

      German government is not my favorite, but excellent compared to your government !!!

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    • Azhar Hashmi October 2, 2013 at 5:58 am -

      so Americans supports the next attack on . . . any other muslim country ???? ;)

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    • Dennis Vlaeminck October 2, 2013 at 6:36 am -

      In belgium, if you don’t vote, you’ll have to pay a fine.
      There is freedom of voting but no freedom of chosing if you even want to vote. Even if you pay the fine your vote goes to the majority.

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  5. Damon Wimmer October 1, 2013 at 8:33 pm -

    They didn’t fail to pass a budget, NASA got shut down due to people acting like five year olds for not getting their way.

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  6. Elizabeth Mau October 1, 2013 at 8:33 pm -

    I am happy that it is NASA’s birthday but I am unhappy about the government shut down.

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  7. Craig Flores October 1, 2013 at 8:35 pm -

    Our current congress is perhaps the worst in history.

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    • Kyle Swanson October 1, 2013 at 9:12 pm -

      No, the worst Congress in history was the one that passed Obamacare with overwhelming public opposition. That is why we are in this position now.

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    • Ben Lopez October 1, 2013 at 9:25 pm -

      Kyle pull those teabags out of all of your orifices and think for a change.

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    • Kyle Swanson October 1, 2013 at 9:31 pm -

      Wow, what a well thought out point Ben.

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    • L'Robert Words October 1, 2013 at 9:40 pm -

      Kyle Swanson, how was there “overwhelming public opposition” to the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare).?

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    • Kyle Swanson October 1, 2013 at 9:43 pm -

      L’Robert, please read (article from 2010):

      http://blog.heritage.org/2010/03/22/new-cnn-poll-59-oppose-obamacare/

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    • Melissa Peabody October 1, 2013 at 10:37 pm -

      3 year old article • 59% is not “overwhelming” ; it’s a bit above 1/2, and changes have been made to AFA since then. It also hasn’t even been implemented yet. If given a chance (which the Repubs are dead set against), it might actually help those who need it. I call bs on this whole situation. Shameful act of ignorance.

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    • Kyle Swanson October 1, 2013 at 10:47 pm -

      59% is approaching 2/3 against. The reason nobody wants to “give it a chance” is entitlements like this never go away once “given a chance.” It doesn’t matter if it wrecks the healthcare system and sends us spiraling further into debt, it will never be repealed once implemented.

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    • Bryant Baker October 1, 2013 at 11:26 pm -

      Really the only issue with it is I have to choose between buying an overpriced plan (hooray being a 20 some year old in good health) or paying an extra tax for being uninsured.

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    • A.j. Olding October 2, 2013 at 2:26 pm -

      In American politics 59% opposed means that the most for is 41%. That’s a minimum 18 point difference. That’s overwhelming by most standards.

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  8. Camille Black Emil October 1, 2013 at 8:35 pm -

    It’s mostly been defunded by the current administration already… We don’t have a budget… We have the highest debt in U.S. History and they’re still spending like it’s water….

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  9. Scott Hooper October 1, 2013 at 8:37 pm -

    Better put more money into the military and war then… Seriously? This is a tragedy.

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  10. Salvador Carmona October 1, 2013 at 8:37 pm -

    If I had bill Gates kind of money, I would fund the shit out of nasa.

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    • Corey Timmons October 2, 2013 at 12:39 am -

      I was just thinking that! I would do the same thing. I’m hoping that some wealthy people will step up and fund NASA……

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    • Gina Monnier October 3, 2013 at 1:01 am -

      NOBODY IS LISTENING, THEY HAVE MONEY TO GET THIS COUNTRY BACK TO A MUCH BETTER PLACE , PUT JUST THINK OF THE PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY BUILT ALL THAT IS STANDING . IT MUST OF BEEN MORE OF A WONDERFUL TIME WHEN AMERICANS STOOD TOGETHER TO CELEBRATE THE BUILDINGS OF MONUMENTS THAT MADE AMERICANS TO BE PROUD TO BE FREE. AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE.

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  11. Carlos Rodrigues October 1, 2013 at 8:38 pm -

    “Civilization is a very complex system in which we use symbols – words, numbers, figures, and concepts – to represent the real world of nature. We use money to represent wealth. We use the clock to represent time. We use yards and inches to represent space. These are very useful measures. But you can always have too much of a good thing. You can easily confuse the measurement with what you are measuring, such as confusing money with wealth. It is like confusing the menu with dinner. You can become so enchanted with the symbols that you entirely confuse them with reality. This is the disease from which almost all civilized people are suffering. We are, therefore, in the position of eating the menu instead of the dinner, of living in a world of words and symbols. This causes us to relate badly to our material surroundings.

    Think about the Great Depression. One day everything was going along fine – everybody was pretty wealthy and had plenty to eat – and the next day, suddenly, everybody was in poverty. What happened? Had the farms disappeared? Had the cows vanished into thin air? Had the fish of the sea ceased to exist? Had human beings lost their energy, their skills, and their brains? No. This is what happened: On the morning after the beginning of the Depression, a carpenter came to work, and the foreman said to him, ‘Sorry, chum, you can’t work today. There ain’t no inches.’

    The carpenter said, ‘What do you mean, there ain’t no inches?’

    ‘Yeah,’ the foreman said. ‘We got lumber, we got metal, but we ain’t got no inches.’

    ‘You’re crazy,’ the carpenter said.

    And the foreman replied, ‘The trouble with you is you don’t understand business.’

    What happened in the Great Depression was that human beings confused money with wealth. And they didn’t realize that money is a measure of wealth, in exactly the same way that inches are a measure of length. They think it is something that is valuable in and of itself. And as a result of that they get into unbelievable trouble.”

    Allan Watts, “From Time to Eternity”

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    • Henrik Schmidt October 2, 2013 at 3:18 am -

      Money are only a symbol of financial wealth. It’s not the only thing life should be about

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    • Malek M. Ma October 2, 2013 at 11:15 am -

      seriously who in hell would read such an essay of crap !

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  12. Timothy Blondin October 1, 2013 at 8:38 pm -

    That’s why the space industry is being privatized.

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    • Bernie Wolfe October 1, 2013 at 8:41 pm -

      Not all of it.

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    • Timothy Blondin October 1, 2013 at 8:42 pm -

      Well not YET but hopefully soon!

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    • Keith Remelts October 1, 2013 at 9:01 pm -

      Hopefully!

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    • Iuri Diogenes October 1, 2013 at 9:42 pm -

      are you crazyy?? privatising space is like privatising water, electrecity, public transport, communication etc. – no one has any use out of it except for a few gangsters, most people suffer from deprevation of rights, the gangsters take the money out of the country, no taxes are earned, its just bloodsucking in the end. . .

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    • Timothy Blondin October 1, 2013 at 10:20 pm -

      ^ lol how cute. Someone who thinks they understand economics

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    • Bryant Baker October 1, 2013 at 11:23 pm -

      Well Mars One is hopefully beating NASA to mars by over 10 years by privatizing the hell our of their mars mission so evidence seems to say good things.

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    • Warren Gillespie October 2, 2013 at 4:00 am -

      Yup … totally ignorant!

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    • A.j. Olding October 2, 2013 at 2:23 pm -

      Privatize all the things!!!!!!!!

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    • A.j. Olding October 2, 2013 at 2:27 pm -

      Iuri needs to pick up a book sometime.

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    • Timothy Blondin October 2, 2013 at 3:05 pm -

      Iuri, just to point out one of your silliest points, you acted like privatizing things like “public transport” was crazy. You know what privatized public transport looks like? OWNING A CAR.

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    • Timothy Blondin October 2, 2013 at 3:05 pm -

      Iuri, just to point out one of your silliest points, you acted like privatizing things like “public transport” was crazy. You know what privatized public transport looks like? OWNING A CAR.

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    • A.j. Olding October 2, 2013 at 3:07 pm -

      It also looks like, planes, Megabus, Greyhound, some metro companies, car rentals, and taxis.

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    • A.j. Olding October 2, 2013 at 3:07 pm -

      It also looks like, planes, Megabus, Greyhound, some metro companies, car rentals, and taxis.

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    • Timothy Blondin October 2, 2013 at 3:10 pm -

      “The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.”

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    • Timothy Blondin October 2, 2013 at 3:10 pm -

      “The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.”

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    • Cesar Aguirre October 3, 2013 at 12:31 am -

      Privatizing? So you mean to take a Public service out of the hands of the public(while our taxes dollars still cover the costs) for the benefit and profit of a private corporation. Oh yeah that would just be such a great benefit… To the rich! Just like private prisons and private schools? Talk about ignorant! And by the way privatized public transportation actually looks like increased bus fares so that only people that can afford it can use it while a corporation pockets the profits that are generated after using federal subsidies to pay for the operation costs!

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  13. Chris Streeter October 1, 2013 at 8:40 pm -
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  14. Dan D'Angelo October 1, 2013 at 8:41 pm -

    That’s stupid, space travel is ultimately the future.

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  15. Regina Bowling October 1, 2013 at 8:42 pm -

    Ingrid…. The moon is not a planet.

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  16. Mitch Gunnell October 1, 2013 at 8:42 pm -

    Not sure why we even have a NASA anyways. We don’t have a space program, we rely on other countries to shuttle our Astronauts to a used up space station and we don’t have a government interested in supporting a space program. We are no longer the world leaders in space so really think there are bigger problems than NASA being closed today.

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    • Warren Gillespie October 2, 2013 at 4:08 am -

      Absolutely true. It seems the American dream is military, not science. Epic FAIL.

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  17. Justin Bullen October 1, 2013 at 8:44 pm -

    Americas government really needs to step up, they are the joke of the world, I heard a fact that if they cut their military budget by 85% they would still lead the world in military budget! it disgraceful to think they care more about being stronger than everyone instead of researching things that could change the future for the better.

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    • Ben Leza October 1, 2013 at 11:25 pm -

      Dude, it’s not about being stronger than other nations. It’s about paying the CEO’s of private corporations in the military industrial complex for sucking the dicks of our politcians.
      To be fair, they deserve pretty good pay for doing that. It’s pretty rank down there.

      We could cut 3/4 our defense budget and still be the most powerful nation in the world if we used that money smarter. We could scrap 90% our nukes, reduce our ground troops and use the money to better equip the ones we have and invest it in RND on things like the terminator robots (yeah, that’s right. I went there.)
      But that would mean the CEOs of corporations like lockhede would not be able to buy their yearly yacht.

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    • Warren Gillespie October 2, 2013 at 4:00 am -

      And Haliburton. The whole mil/ind complex is sick to the core.

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    • Hussein Azmy October 2, 2013 at 4:11 am -

      If they shifted even a percentage as small as 10% of the military budget to fund non-military scientific progress, they can make huge leaps in science and afford a better quality of life for the American people. It doesn’t make sense to, for example, delay the project of human landing on Mars to fund a few US military bases on the other side of the world. I feel sorry for the waste of trillions of dollars on military actions that may have not been necessary.

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    • Sudesh Shrestha Joshi October 2, 2013 at 6:58 am -

      Yes!! you are wright..
      this is really Shocking that U.S. government can’t pass the budget for NASA.. :-(

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  18. Taylor Heide October 1, 2013 at 8:45 pm -

    Ingrid Lorsch. We haven’t stepped foot on the moon since 72′ or Apollo 17! Lol. You’re statement is invalid. Anyways, space/astronomy is the forefront of technological advancement, we NEED a bigger budget if anything!

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  19. Garibay Sartre October 1, 2013 at 8:46 pm -

    Fucking bullshit >:/

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  20. Rafael Grajales Garrett October 1, 2013 at 8:47 pm -

    Thanks to the GOP, NASA has to shut down today…The GOP is the domestic enemy my military Oath talks about!

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    • Carmen Laz October 1, 2013 at 8:54 pm -

      What is your military oath? :)

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    • Rafael Grajales Garrett October 1, 2013 at 8:56 pm -

      The Oath that all service members take when joining the military, pledging to defend the U.S. Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

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    • Kyle Swanson October 1, 2013 at 9:01 pm -

      There are actually two parties, and the GOP is not the one in control

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    • Rafael Grajales Garrett October 1, 2013 at 9:02 pm -

      Kyle, the GOP is in control of the House of Representatives, and they are the ones who brought about the shutdown. You need to inform yourself better.

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    • Taryn Giro October 1, 2013 at 9:09 pm -

      Funny, obama is the main destroyer of the constitution.

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    • Rafael Grajales Garrett October 1, 2013 at 9:10 pm -

      Taryn, that is the dumbest thing I have heard today. You are probably a Fox “News” watcher, so I’ll give you a pass for your lack of intellect…

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    • Taryn Giro October 1, 2013 at 9:13 pm -

      Also they brought about the shutdown over the issue of raising the debt ceiling again, see my above comment.

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    • Kyle Swanson October 1, 2013 at 9:14 pm -

      The Senate is equally responsible for bringing about a shutdown. Both houses are refusing to pass the continuing resolution sent to them by the other.

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    • Rafael Grajales Garrett October 1, 2013 at 9:16 pm -

      Taryn, you don’t have the first clue of what the hell you’re talking about…Every significant government shutdown in recent years has been brought about by Republicans looking to impose their will after they lost their argument through constitutional means…You certainly need to become better informed before you go off spewing factoids that are far from being true…

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    • Jeremy Huff October 1, 2013 at 9:34 pm -

      No, they are absolutely NOT equally culpable. The GOP minority faction of extremists engineered this by subverting the will of the majority of Americans who voted in favor of the ACA.

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    • Jeremy Huff October 1, 2013 at 9:35 pm -

      They’re the epitome of sore losers.

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    • Kyle Swanson October 1, 2013 at 9:38 pm -

      Jeremy, I don’t know if you’re ignorant or just missed what happened back in 2009, but there was not a “will of the majority” in regard to Obamacare. Scott Brown, a Republican, was chosen in a special election in a blue state specifically for his vow to be the “51st vote against Obamacare.”

      After he was elected, the Democrat controlled Senate still passed Obamacare with some subversive legislative maneuvers, including multiple “buyouts” of other Senators by giving their states gifts in the ACA.

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    • Bryant Baker October 1, 2013 at 11:29 pm -

      Stop picking sides both party’s are acting like children the whole point of a multiple party system is said parties are supposed to compromise especially in situations like this.

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    • Mike Ashley October 2, 2013 at 2:09 am -

      There was once a great man that said a law should only be passed if it can get 75% of the votes, and could be repealed by only 25%. The reason, if it was a good law, 75% would agree to it. If 25% thought it was terrible and wouldnt follow it, then why have it as a law? 51% is a majority but not much of one. Not enough to dictate bad ideas. 75+% agree on something, then maby it is good. That writer was Robert Heinlein and the book was “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress”.

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  21. Toby Howard October 1, 2013 at 8:49 pm -

    Disgusted at the USA, it literally was the land of dreams and opportunity… now its the land of the rich and powerful. Here is to China taking your place as world leader.

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    • Henrik Schmidt October 2, 2013 at 3:19 am -

      Doesn’t the “dreams and opportunities” thing mean opportunity to become financially wealthy?

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    • Warren Gillespie October 2, 2013 at 4:05 am -

      China is the future.

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  22. Daniel Hallquist October 1, 2013 at 8:49 pm -

    Sorry Ian, it’s not Obama who shut down the government. It’s the GOP.

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  23. Garrett Watson October 1, 2013 at 8:52 pm -
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  24. Jake Lizotte October 1, 2013 at 8:52 pm -

    Honestly, this is one of the saddest things I’ve read in a while.

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  25. Jared Ferdoucha October 1, 2013 at 8:56 pm -

    This saddens me deeply.

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  26. Alexis Rodriguez October 1, 2013 at 8:58 pm -
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    • Darrin Alexander Stampe October 1, 2013 at 9:00 pm -

      Right On

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    • Billy Oakes October 2, 2013 at 12:47 am -

      I wanna cry… I’m not even joking. It’s not fair how fatally ignorant people “in charge” are.

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    • Warren Gillespie October 2, 2013 at 3:57 am -

      That’s Americans. Follow another country that knows how to manage a budget – like Australia.

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  27. Christopher Dixon October 1, 2013 at 8:59 pm -

    I’m Australian, and this just makes me miserable. That an organisation responsible for such great accomplishments and inspirational acts has to close due to budgets is nothing short of wrong.

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    • Warren Gillespie October 2, 2013 at 4:02 am -

      We Aussies could teach the yanks a thing or two about fiscal responsibility.

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    • Sudesh Shrestha Joshi October 2, 2013 at 6:54 am -

      yes!! you are wright :-(
      how can they do so?..
      it’s really Shocking..

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    • Christopher Dixon October 2, 2013 at 7:03 am -

      Don’t know my friend, seems like the end of such an exciting era. I’m sure there will be more space programs by other organisations but I suppose it is sad to see the end of NASA when they influenced so many people and inspired a generation to push the limits of what humanity is capable of achieving.

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    • Sudesh Shrestha Joshi October 2, 2013 at 3:50 pm -

      I think that US Government soon gonna restart the NASA.. Coz they also know the importance of it..
      & so can’t shutdown it for long time.

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    • Sudesh Shrestha Joshi October 2, 2013 at 3:50 pm -

      I think that US Government soon gonna restart the NASA.. Coz they also know the importance of it..
      & so can’t shutdown it for long time.

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    • Christopher Dixon October 2, 2013 at 7:36 pm -

      Here’s hoping buddy

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    • Zedekiah Smyth October 3, 2013 at 4:19 am -

      Of course the American government has the right in the Constitution to print its own debt free money instead of buying currency from the private bank (Federal Reserve). Its just a matter of theater and extortion to force further debt onto the hapless American citizens by denying the services people want like NASA. NSA spying isn’t losing a penny.

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  28. Casey Menace October 1, 2013 at 8:59 pm -

    if we launched congress to the moon we might be able to get some shit done.

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    • Leather Sammie October 1, 2013 at 9:01 pm -

      What a wonderful idea! And lets strap a GoPro camera to John Boehner so we can watch him cry

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    • Casey Menace October 1, 2013 at 9:05 pm -

      no go pro. I’m tired of watch punk ass lying politicians bawl!

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    • Bryant Baker October 1, 2013 at 11:48 pm -

      Come on guys theirs no way congress will fund another program to get to the moon when they won’t fund the government.

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    • Casey Menace October 2, 2013 at 11:21 am -

      no not our moon. they don’t expect it to last much longer than the earth they have allowed to be destroyed under our feet. Saturn’s moon on the other hand……

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    • Leather Sammie October 2, 2013 at 1:00 pm -

      I bet we could find at least one rich person willing

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  29. Shannon Male October 1, 2013 at 9:02 pm -

    How embarrassing America!

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  30. Michael Rickenback October 1, 2013 at 9:09 pm -

    Dear Washington, more NASA less NSA please!

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  31. Vladimir Kremenetski October 1, 2013 at 9:11 pm -

    Food for thought; Congress has a 17% approval rating, yet a 90% re-election rate. Just saying…

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    • Ben Leza October 1, 2013 at 11:27 pm -

      It’s because of gerrymandering. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTJubcZFA78 He touches on it, as well as explains a lot about the issue.

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    • Vladimir Kremenetski October 2, 2013 at 12:01 am -

      Gerrymandering explains some of the disparity between approval and re-election, but public ignorance, and the fact that congressmen will be just working to help their own district are both huge contributing factors. I mean, 83% displeased, but only 10% DON’T re-elect.

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    • Elmo Arundell October 2, 2013 at 4:15 am -

      It’s cause so many people don’t bother to vote.

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  32. Brian Frost October 1, 2013 at 9:31 pm -

    But what about Curiosity?

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  33. Brian Reynolds-Drake October 1, 2013 at 9:33 pm -

    Well, do you really have a “budget” when you are $16-plus trillion in debt?

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    • Bryant Baker October 2, 2013 at 12:44 am -

      They haven’t even passed a budget since 2009 they’ve just been voting for temporary extensions of current spending because neither sides been able to agree on anything.

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  34. Dan Adams October 1, 2013 at 9:47 pm -

    Why does the flag/flag pole have no shadow?

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  35. Jenn Smull October 1, 2013 at 9:47 pm -

    And this is just another reason why aliens don’t talk to us…

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  36. Carlos Salazar October 1, 2013 at 9:49 pm -

    NASA, the only good thing left about United States… aaaaaand is gone.

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  37. Muggy October 1, 2013 at 10:37 pm -

    Wow. I’m seriously crying… ‘Farewell, Humans. Sort it out yourselves.’

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  38. Brent Landers October 1, 2013 at 10:41 pm -

    Fuck this… We need to spend out money on this, not bullshit. the government spends more on its military in one year than the entire Nasa budget throughout its history.. This deserves an outraged protest

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  39. Ben Bakunin October 1, 2013 at 10:50 pm -

    This is just a really effective way for the criminal elite to reinforce the myth of bipartisan politics.

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  40. John Dexter Arinque October 1, 2013 at 11:44 pm -
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  41. Ray Joon Ram October 2, 2013 at 12:18 am -

    The most ludicrous situation ever. What if there were astronauts on the moon?
    - Houston we’ve got a problem!
    - Thank you for your calling, at the moment due to Shutdown we can’t provide any services, let alone technical advice! for more information please visit our website or call those people at the Capitol Hill directly.

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  42. Heather Rose October 2, 2013 at 12:55 am -

    Can someone tell me what in the sweet fuck is wrong with people?! This is a tragedy. We humiliate ourselves as a country on a daily basis these days. This is bullshit. I don’t give a rats dirty ass who’s fault it is. Obama, congress, Bush, Justin Bieber….It doesn’t even matter anymore. The morale of America is in shambles and its just sad and pathetic. I’m tired.

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    • Warren Gillespie October 2, 2013 at 4:09 am -

      And we in the rest of the world are sick and tired of the US too.

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    • Sam Zappa October 3, 2013 at 2:21 am -

      Well… the morale of America is in shambles since… the 50′s when the happiness rates where at its highest. That’s when the consumption as a career boom began and everything went to hell… Just remember one thing: space isn’t interesting anymore because the USA have absolute edge on military defenses. That was the only reason to keep NASA at all. It was a laboratory for weapon prototypes and spy satellite technology that has given its last fruits. It is a lot more profitable to invest all technology on entertainment, as it’s been happening for the last 20 years. The film and videogame industry are skyrocketing and FXs become more realistic every year because that’s where important businesspeople bet their nickels on, while real science doesn’t get any support whatsoever.

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  43. rahul jain October 2, 2013 at 1:34 am -

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Government_shutdown_in_the_United_States

    There has been 17 such US federal shutdowns till now, and the longest is of 4 days.

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  44. Farhan Rahman October 2, 2013 at 1:47 am -
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  45. Michael Ian Shell October 2, 2013 at 1:49 am -

    This is ridiculous! At least Space X and other private companies exist now though

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  46. Arcane Artemis October 10, 2013 at 4:09 pm -

    Time for ESA to step up!

    Reply

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