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Karen Nyberg and Mike Hopkins are our only hope.

Of all the government agencies affected by the Oct. 1 shutdown, NASA was perhaps the most troubling. If a giant asteroid was hurtling towards Earth, who would warn us?

NASA was left with just a skeleton crew at Mission Control in Houston, sending some 18,000 employees on furlough. Their official Twitter page hasn’t been updated since Oct. 1. Their website is empty. And much like the movie Gravity, there are still two (American) astronauts floating around in space. Except these two are tweeting.

Karen Nyberg and Mike Hopkins continue to use Twitter from the International Space Station, where they and four other crew members are still in orbit. And they’ve been providing some extraordinary photos:  

Nyberg, who has also been using Pinterest in space, is scheduled to fly back to Earth on Nov. 11. Hopefully NASA will be functional then, though it is a little strange that Gravity was released the same week as the shutdown, right?

Photo via @astro_luca/Twitter

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