At NASA, which celebrated its 55th anniversary by furloughing 97% of its workforce, concern is centered on two programs trying to stay on schedule for their launch windows. The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (Maven) spacecraft is already at Kennedy Space Center, in preparation for a Nov. 18 launch. But with the shutdown, access to the spacecraft was closed. Before they left, technicians from prime contractor Lockheed Martin purged the probe’s instruments with nitrogen and put it ...


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