3 October 2013
Due to the federal government shutdown, NASA has furloughed the largest percentage of its employees of any government agency, because it is not considered essential. For NASA, with exceptions like the ISS, most programs have shut down. This could have consequences for projects like the MAVEN mission to Mars, because its launch date is dictated by astronomical realities. There may also be delays in research in general as those processing grants are now at home. (Image Credit: NASA)
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