Space Explored reported on March 24 that COVID-19 has forced NASA to close half of its facilities so far. The space agency has a four stage response framework that applies to each facility.
This method is used to determine which facilities are safe to operate in limited capacity and which must close as part of the effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, became the tenth NASA facility to close on March 29.
Eight NASA facilities remain at stage three, requiring telework status with limited on-site work, although more facilities could close as work-from-home recommendations go into effect in more states.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine released a video message recorded on his iPhone from home this week. In the video, Administrator Bridenstine says that some 75% of NASA’s workforce is teleworking now.