In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine speaks with workers to acknowledge government shutdown challenges. Europe looks to expand the role of a proposed orbital debris removal spacecraft.
Human Space Exploration
NASA leadership cautions recovery from shutdown will take time
SpaceNews.com (1/29): NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine addressed the agency’s coast to coast workforce from Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, explaining that a recovery from the record 35 day partial U.S. government shutdown that ended last Friday will take some time, likely longer than the shutdown itself. In all, 800,000 government workers were affected by a clash between the White House and Congress over immigration policy. Those furloughed and called up to work without pay are awaiting compensation. Back pay is coming to civil servants this week. Payments to contract personnel affected by the shutdown are being worked out on a case by case basis, a circumstance Bridenstine said he hopes can be corrected if there is a future shutdown.
Significant progress made to upgrades that boost NASA’s space communications capabilities
Goddard Space Flight Center (1/29): NASA’s Space Network makes ground to low Earth orbit communications with astronauts and satellites possible. Currently, the ground station at ...