For the last two years, one of the most common questions I’ve gotten from people that know I worked at NASA as a postdoc has been something along these lines:
How does it feel to work at NASA when it’s being killed?
I would calmly explain to them that NASA wasn’t dying, and that the only thing coming to a close was the shuttle program. I would then explain that this didn’t really touch the science side of NASA at all, and it didn’t even mean the end of human spaceflight. Instead, it just meant that human spaceflight at NASA was just