What's NASA up to these days? Not much. Along with other government agencies, it's been hard hit by the government shutdown.
Due to the gov't shutdown, all public NASA activities/events are cancelled or postponed until further notice. Sorry for the inconvenience.
— NASA (@NASA) October 1, 2013
However, as Obama announced Monday, Mission Control has remained active to coordinate activities aboard the International Space Station, which currently has two American astronauts -- Karen Nyberg and Mike Hopkins -- living inside of it.
But as NPR reported, there might not be much for them to do. A quick look at their Twitter feeds shows NPR might be right:
Say cheese! pic.twitter.com/ShjsvD0QCj
— Karen L. Nyberg (@AstroKarenN) October 3, 2013
1st pic of day. I messed up & hit button while grabbing the camera, but I thought it turned out to be a neat shot pic.twitter.com/tePOEt2Zne
— Mike Hopkins (@AstroIllini) October 3, 2013
It hasn't been all fun and games:
Replacing ignitors & fuel reservoirs for studies of combustion in microgravity. October 2. pic.twitter.com/x8PUpg4mBj
— Karen L. Nyberg (@AstroKarenN) October 4, 2013
But we're willing to bet there have been some pretty spectacular zone-out moments:
Have you ever watched the clouds go by & let your imagination see different shapes? It works from space as well. pic.twitter.com/LpEJHmGGpv
— Mike Hopkins (@AstroIllini) October 2, 2013