9 striking images from the government shutdown

Say goodbye to NASA, Library of Congress and the Smithsonian for a little while

By Prachi Gupta

Published October 1, 2013 8:39PM (EDT)

Well, they actually did it. America is hours into its first government shutdown in 17 years, and the rest of the world is laughing at us. The good news is that Obamacare is open for business. The bad news is that 800,000 workers are furloughed as nonessential government services -- like NASA warning you about asteroids -- have come to a halt.

This is how the media reacted:

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And this is what happened after the shutdown went into effect:

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The front page of NASA:

The EPA:

The Library of Congress:

What DC looks like, according to one Redditor:

For a full list of what is shut down and what is open, you can go here. And if you're furloughed in DC, here's a list of things to do.

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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