Government shutdown has deep impact on NASA, may delay Mars mission

10/1/2013 | National Geographic News

The federal government shutdown put a damper on NASA's 55th anniversary Tuesday, as most of the space agency's workers were put on furlough, its websites went down and its programs were put on hold. Among NASA's major concerns is the launch of the MAVEN mission to Mars, which is set for Nov. 18 but could be delayed. In a speech Monday, President Barack Obama mentioned the impact the shutdown would have on the agency, noting that "NASA will shut down almost entirely, but Mission Control will remain open to support the astronauts serving on the space station."

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