From the point of view of a Brit the whole concept of the whole of the US government shutting down seems completely bizarre. But maybe that’s because it would arguably have a more dramatic effect if it occurred on this side of the pond (which significantly more of our industries in public hands).
Either way it looks like the shutdown will go ahead and at this point in time I’m quite glad for the Russians delaying #STS134 a few days ago because it’s given me a few extra days to rebook my flights (I’d have been very sceptical about a 19th launch day if government had shut down.
As it stands I’m quite hopeful the shutdown won’t affect the preparations for lift off on the 29th. If the team at the Cape were on track to launch on the 19th then I’m sure they’ve got a couple of days spare.
All I can hope is that this all gets sorted over the weekend and we’re all back to normal on Monday morning. I’d be pretty annoyed if political infighting stopped me from seeing one of the most amazing sights on the planet.