It is well known by now the effect of the government shutdown on NASA has been large, with 97% of the workforce furloughed. What is lesser known likely is that as a result of the shutdown, NASA can't afford anyone working on their projects even without pay. To put that another way, NASA employees cannot volunteer their time to work.
The kind of work NASA does is advancing the human race in many ways, and although there may be people at NASA that are only concerned with working to get a paycheck, Les Johnson of NASA claims they are the minority, and most NASA employees would gladly continue to work on their projects without pay if they could, but they aren't even allowed to do that. NASA workers enjoy it so much that normally they do work on projects after hours without compensation anyway. Thus the shutdown has not just removed their pay, it has removed their purpose.
Let Congress know that we need to end this shutdown to save NASA, not just for the money, but because there is important work to be done. http://www.penny4nasa.org/take-action/
To read more from Les Johnson on this issue, head here: http://www.planetary.org/blogs/guest-blogs/2013/20131002-i-cannot-volunteer-my-time.html #NASA #Penny4NASA #saveNASA #LesJohnson #GovtShutdown #Shutdown