What a government shutdown will mean for NASA and SpaceX

With only a few hours left to pass a federal budget today, it’s becoming more likely that the US government is headed toward a shutdown at midnight. That means federal agencies like NASA will be forced to send some workers home without pay and alter daily operations. However, a shutdown won’t have a big impact on the space agency’s biggest projects, and commercial companies like SpaceX — which rely on NASA and other government hardware — probably won’t suffer any schedule delays.

So far, NASA has been keeping quiet about this particular shutdown and has been directing all questions to the White House Office of Management and Budget, which did not respond to a request for comment….

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