A NASA asteroid mission that has remained on schedule for a mid-October launch despite disruptions caused by the pandemic is now facing a new challenge: the threat of a federal government shutdown.
The shutdown created plenty of more figurative messes that NASA and other government agencies had to clean up after the 35-day shutdown ended in late January.
A five-week partial government shutdown could delay the launch of the first element of NASA’s orbiting lunar outpost by as much as three months.
As NASA reopens after the longest government shutdown in history, the agency’s administrator said Jan. 29 that a full recovery from the effects of the shutdown will take longer than the shutdown itself.
A new generation of what are known as extremely large telescopes, or ELTs, are under development and expected to enter service in the 2020s.
Lockheed Martin, prime contractor for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) R Series, has halted work on GOES-T, the next spacecraft scheduled to launch, and turned its attention to its successor, GOES-U, as it waits for Harris Corp. to complete modification of the Advanced Baseline Imager.
The American Meteorological Society estimates 3,700 atmospheric and space scientists will gather this week at its 99th annual meeting with another 700 people who planned to attend were forced to stay away due to the government shutdown. The impact of the shutdown may be even greater, though, because the program remained in flux on Monday.