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Uber Driver Offers Free Rides In Silicon Valley

Fri, 2019-01-18 01:20
I am an Uber driver in the Bay Area and I am offering free rides to government employees during the shut down. If you live in Scott valley, Santa Cruz, Capitola, Soquel, Aptos ,Freedom, Watsonville please Just gives me a... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

NASA Civil Servant Unions: Remember The Contractor Employees

Thu, 2019-01-17 20:05
FYI @NASA employee unions: when you have these events for furloughed people remember that its not just civil servants who aren't working. Its the larger contractor community too. Civil servants will be paid. Contractor employees have no such assurances. #Governmentshutdown... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

The Shutdown Is Spreading (Update)

Thu, 2019-01-17 20:00
Space Sciences Institute just issued a stop-work order to everyone there funded by a Federal grant (which I guess is almost everyone). #ShutdownStories— M.-M. Mac Low (@astrocurator) January 17, 2019 The NASA Postdoctoral Program contract runs out of money tomorrow.... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

NASA Shutdown Update (Revised)

Thu, 2019-01-17 12:50
NIA hosting Community Support Open House Thursday 1-3pm "The National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) will host a Community Support Open House for People Impacted by the Government Shutdown from 1-3pm this Thursday, January 17 at the NIA, 100 Explorations Way... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

NASA's Exploration Of The Cosmos Hobbled By Terrestrial Politics

Wed, 2019-01-16 18:25
#NASA has hurled technology out of our solar system and has peered back at the dawn of creation. Yet this all comes to a halt when politicians back on Earth argue instead of govern. #governmentshutdown #shutdown pic.twitter.com/FB6FjuJu25— NASA Watch... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

"I Have My Dream Job - Please Let Me Do It"

Wed, 2019-01-16 12:37
'I feel ... helpless:' About 50 people protest government shutdown at NASA's Johnson Space Center https://t.co/vX4oCiHdrW @NASA #NASA #Governmentshutdown pic.twitter.com/xyTZb5R87w— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) January 16, 2019... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

CASIS Plans To Compete With The Private Sector Using NASA Funds

Tue, 2019-01-15 19:41
Sources report @ISS_CASIS is working to create a for-profit commercial arm of CASIS to compete with the private sector and they are doing it using #NASA funds. This is in overt conflict with both the cooperative agreement CASIS has with... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

There Is Now Life On Two Worlds In Our Solar System

Tue, 2019-01-15 11:09
There is now life on two worlds in our solar system. A cotton seed has sprouted inside Change4's greenhouse on the far side of the Moon. #Change4 #astrobiology #spacebiology pic.twitter.com/x2bZsCtNCh— Astrobiology (@astrobiology) January 15, 2019 Update: the earlier 2 pictures... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Roscosmos Claims That Bridenstine Will Meet Rogozin - In Russia

Mon, 2019-01-14 21:08
NASA's head confirms readiness to visit Russia, TASS "During the conversation, Dmitry Rogozin and Jim Bridenstine stressed that Roscosmos and NASA are committed to the goal of space exploration," Roscosmos said. "They agreed to continue cooperating, both on the program... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Shutdowns and Dream Jobs

Mon, 2019-01-14 11:34
Experts worry government shutdowns will drive NASA employees to the private sector, Houston Chronicle "But Keith Cowing, editor of NASA Watch, a website devoted to space news, suspects the duration and frequency of the shutdowns soon will plant seeds of... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

NASA Shutdown Update (Revised)

Sun, 2019-01-13 21:55
Washington, DC Area Applies to: Monday, January 14, 2019 "STATUS: OFFICE CLOSURE FEDERAL OFFICES in the Washington, DC area are CLOSED. Emergency employees and telework employees continue to work." Greenbelt Campus: Center Operating Status - Code Red "Goddard's Greenbelt campus... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Boeing Uses Deceptive Social Media To Grab Your Browsing Data

Sat, 2019-01-12 22:52
Keith's note: Boeing is continuing its creepy and deceptive social media campaign - one that lures you with an innocent social media ad on Facebook to a website where they grab a lot of information about you for uses... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

10% Layoff At SpaceX

Fri, 2019-01-11 18:52
SpaceX to lay off 10% of its workforce, LA Times "SpaceX will lay off about 10% of its more than 6,000 employees, a person familiar with the matter said Friday." SpaceX Statement on Workforce Downsizing "To continue delivering for our... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

NASA Contractors Implement Prolonged Shutdown Contingencies

Fri, 2019-01-11 17:53
Keith's note: Below is an internal memo sent to employees of ZIN Technologies, a contractor at NASA GRC. Rumor has it that there will be a complete closure at ZIN in mid-February if the government shutdown persists. "This memo... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Did NASA Really Ask Roscosmos To Build A Lunar Soyuz?

Fri, 2019-01-11 17:35
"@NASA is requesting Russia's State Space Corporation @Roscosmos to develop the Soyuz spacecraft version for flights to the Moon, Roscosmos Chief Dmitry @Rogozin said in an interview with Rossiya-24 TV Channel on Thursday." https://t.co/PYdNE2r128Huh? What is this guy smoking?... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Building Rocketships In The Desert

Thu, 2019-01-10 23:57
Starship test flight rocket just finished assembly at the @SpaceX Texas launch site. This is an actual picture, not a rendering. pic.twitter.com/k1HkueoXaz— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 11, 2019 This is for suborbital VTOL tests. Orbital version is taller, has... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Arm Waving And Shouting Shutdown Misinformation Is Not Helpful

Thu, 2019-01-10 22:37
Keith's note: There was a protest rally in Washington today. NASA folks participated. One of the speakers was Barry Epstein, the new head of the union at NASA HQ. A tweet from a Washington Post reporter appeared quoting him:... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

AFL-CIO President Claims That Furlough "Puts ISS At Risk"

Thu, 2019-01-10 22:00
AFL-CIO head pushes back against Trump's claims, MSNBC Go to 7:50 into the segment: "There's a guy named Steve [last name] he's a technician at the NASA Space Center. He monitors the power grid. He's out - he has... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Megan Powers Is Leaving NASA HQ

Thu, 2019-01-10 15:53
Keith's note: Megan Powers, the NASA Press Secretary for Administrator Bridenstine, will be leaving NASA tomorrow for a new opportunity in the private sector. We here at NASAWatch wish her well. - Megan Powers Is NASA's New Press Secretary,... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Hubble Experiences Wide Field Camera 3 Anomaly

Wed, 2019-01-09 12:09
Wide Field Camera 3 Anomaly on Hubble Space Telescope "At 17:23 UTC on Jan. 8, the Wide Field Camera 3 on the Hubble Space Telescope suspended operations due to a hardware problem. Hubble will continue to perform science observations with... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

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