CLOSE Kennedy Space Center: SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket with 60 Starlink satellites on the company’s sixth mission on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Florida TodayMELBOURNE, Fla. – Most NASA employees and contractors were mandated to telework as all of the agency’s facilities moved to a higher alert level Tuesday in response to coronavirus concerns.Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a statement that the agency’s leaders moved to elevate all centers and facilities to “Stage 3 of NASA’s Response Framework,” meaning workers were to telework.Mission-essential personnel, such as teams required for critical operations and infrastructure, will be allowed to continue working at NASA centers, he said.“Although a limited amount of employees have tested positive for COVID-19, it is imperative that we take this pre-emptive step to thwart further spreading of the virus among the workforce and our communities,” Bridenstine said.NASA Press Secretary Matthew Rydin confirmed to USA TODAY that at four sites, at least one employee has tested positive for COVID-19: the Ames Research Center in California, Marshall Spaceflight Center in Alabama, Michoud Assembly Facility in Louisiana and Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.When announcing a positive COVID-19 case at Ames on March 9, Bridenstine also said that three NASA Earth Science airborne science campaigns that were to

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