NRAO could face cost-cutting if shutdown continues

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) could be forced to cut costs if the partial government shutdown continues past that point.

The NRAO, headquartered on Ivy Road, operates large radio telescopes including the one in Green Bank, West Virginia and the world's largest telescope, ALMA, in Chile.

NRAO is funded by the National Science Foundation, which is closed due to the shutdown, but NRAO spokesperson Charles Blue says the agency has enough money to operate normally through January.

If the shutdown continues past that time, Blue said, additional cost-cutting measures may be necessary.

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