Shutdown ramifications felt at Spaceport Sheboygan
SHEBOYGAN - The partial government shutdown is even affecting the space geeks!
The folks at Spaceport Sheboygan were to receive artifacts from the Space Shuttle program this week
"We filled out the appropriate paperwork and the pieces are supposed to be shipped to us," Executive Director Daniel Bateman explained to me.
A space console from Mission Control, a spacesuit glove, spacesuit pants and a laptop were scheduled to be sent.
But the artifacts aren't coming.
"The pieces were supposed to be picked up this week but the shipping company can't get on site at NASA until the shutdown is over," Bateman said.
One of the entities hit hardest by the shutdown is the Johnson Space Center, according to Batemen.
"There's a ton of contractors that work around there," he explained. "I have friends who are either working at home or not working at all."
The delay will cause Bateman to change his plans.
"We're going to use these pieces for fund-raising," he said. "It slows down that process. We're in a waiting pattern now."