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Marshall Space Flight Center deals with impact of shutdown

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Marshall Space Flight Center is dealing with the impacts of the recent government shutdown. Marshall Space Flight Center is dealing with the impacts of the recent government shutdown.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

The Marshall Space Flight Center, the largest NASA center, is dealing with the setbacks brought on by the shutdown.

"To that end we will have a minimum core staff here on site whose responsibilities are for the safety of life or the safety of property," said Director of Center Operations for NASA Steve Doering.  He said they will only have essential staff on hand.

"We have at Marshall 2,432 civil servants of whom only thirty-four will be accepted employees working full time. Twenty-two of them are working space stations operations," he said.  "Orbit operations are on a 24-hours-a-day basis, and we'll have another thirty or so that are going to be on call, so that's roughly less than 3% of the work force here at Marshall."

Doering said that some projects may have to shut down until they know how to proceed.

"We just have to put the right safe guards in place for those facilities," he said.   

One big question that came up during shutdown talks was will employees get paid retroactively for furlough time. Officials told WAFF that NASA cannot promise that its employees will be paid for the period during which they are on furlough, since this is subject to Congressional appropriation.

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