As the federal government begins its first shutdown in more than four years Jan. 20, NASA's operating plans are little changed from that earlier shutdown, with most agency employees set to be furloughed.
Marshall Space Flight Center plays a significant role in the American space program, from developing the rockets that carried the first U.S. astronaut into space to working on the system that could one day carry astronauts to Mars.
This Thursday (Jan. 18), scientists and officials from NASA and the Department of Energy gathered at the National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas to discuss the Kilopower project, the next generation of nuclear power plants for future space missions.
On Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, the Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle successfully launched 31 satellites, making a comeback from a launch failure in August 2017. See photos from the Cartosat-2 satellite mission here!
With the U.S. government just hours away from a potential shutdown as lawmakers struggle to agree on a new spending bill, more than 18,000 NASA employees around the country are bracing for the agency to temporarily shut down as well.