The Pirate Party of Russia has offered NASA colocation or dedicated servers on its hosting platform during the US government shutdown, according to a report by Russia’s RIA Novosti.
Due to the government shutdown, the nasa.gov website currently is inoperable, only displaying a message apologizing for the inconvenience. According to Space News, all but 549 of NASA’s 18,000 civil servants have been furloughed, and some contractors are able to continue their work with the space agency, as long as they aren’t working in a federally-owned facility. Out of all the government agencies affected by the shutdown, none have a furlough rate as high as NASA.
Founded in July 2009, The Pirate Party of Russia is a grassroots political movement, but it hasn’t been able to register as an official political party in Russia because of the criminal connotations of the name “pirate.” Earlier this year, The Pirate Party launched a web hosting service to host websites banned by Russia’s internet censorship law.
The tone of the offer is tongue-in-cheek, but even if the offer was serious, a US government (.gov) site would not be able to be hosted in another country.
“We stand for Internet privacy, and as the result you would not have to worry about programs such as PRISM and other illegal activities of secret services of different countries,” the statement from the Pirate Party reads. “Your traffic, your activity and the activity of your users will be in safety. We love Mars!”