Hundreds of workers at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas welcomed the end of the partial government shutdown Thursday (10/17) by going back to work.
Many of the people who had been furloughed during the crisis, said they were happy to be back at work after 16 days of being home without pay.
Approximately 18-thousand NASA employees were furloughed -- which amounts to nearly 97 percent of NASA's workforce.
The bill that reopened the government provides for back pay for government employees, but not for contract workers. And since the bill only provides a temporary fix until January, some employees said they are going to have a lean holiday season, saving money just in case they have to go through this all over again.
It's back to work for close to 300 NASA workers at the IV&V center in Fairmont, West Virginia.
The 16 day shutdown not only impacted workers paychecks... But it also stopped them from collecting important data for future space missions.
Regardless... Employees were thrilled to finally be back in the swing of things... Even though they had a lot of catching up to do.
Officials say their focus is back on the stars... And building rockets to take crew members... And cargo to the international space station.