Of all the government agencies, NASA is among the hardest hit by the government shutdown. As of Oct. 1, nearly all of its employees have been told to pack up and head home.
But there are two NASA workers who can’t leave the office, at least not without great expense to the taxpayer. Astronauts Karen Nyberg and Mike Hopkins are orbiting some 250 miles above Earth aboard the International Space Station. They’re in touch with mission control, but it’s not clear they have all that much to do.
Neither astronaut immediately responded to an NPR reporter’s tweet, asking them whether they were among the furloughed NASA employees.