The government shutdown may have forced NASA and hundreds of other federal agencies to temporarily suspend work, but astronauts Mike Hopkins and Karen Nyberg have been tweeting away amid it all because, well, they're in space.
The two astronauts are currently inside the International Space Station, which is in orbit 250 miles above Earth. Here are a few of the tweets they've posted as of late.
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
Chicago looks amazing at night. pic.twitter.com/Logb1UFCLv— Mike Hopkins (@AstroIllini) October 5, 2013
My crewmate Fyodor gave me my first space hair cut on Sunday. I forgot to bring money for the tip! pic.twitter.com/mMm557anSj— Mike Hopkins (@AstroIllini) October 7, 2013
Say cheese! pic.twitter.com/ShjsvD0QCj— Karen L. Nyberg (@AstroKarenN) October 3, 2013
Love this cloud! Don't remember where we were when I took the picture. Anyone recognize? October 2. pic.twitter.com/lwkJbw4Itv— Karen L. Nyberg (@AstroKarenN) October 6, 2013Advertisement
Beautiful storms over Ghana. October 8. pic.twitter.com/38uK5AZp5M— Karen L. Nyberg (@AstroKarenN) October 8, 2013
- NASA's Juno spacecraft will fly by Earth on its way to Jupiter
- Towns double check flu shot stocks during government shutdown
- Entire U.S. Antarctic research canceled during shutdown
- Most Americans ever say government dysfunction is U.S. biggest problem
- House and Senate gyms open -- with no clean towels