To understand Harvey's scale, you need a perspective from space

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NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC) will remain closed to all but mission essential personnel through Labor Day as it copes with more than 40 inches of rain that has fallen since Friday because of Tropical Storm Harvey.

"The center will reopen Tuesday, Sept. 5", NASA said in a statement.

Aboard the space station Saturday, astronaut Jack Fischer tweeted, "Houston, we have a hurricane".

Due to ongoing effects of the storm, "NASA (is) unable to support media events with AstroPeggy, AstroSabot and AstroAcaba", the ISS tweeted.

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope, now in a thermal vacuum chamber at the center undergoing tests, has not been affected by the storm. Mission control is expected to remain in operation throughout this period. NASA had planned to evaluate the center's status on a day-by-day basis, but late August 29 announced the center would remain closed through the Labor Day holiday weekend.

"Oh boy - looks like a ton of rain is about to unload".

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"Unless you are mission essential, stay off the road and stay safe", officials said in a post on the JSC website posted at 10:15 a.m. CDT (11:15 a.m. EDT/1515 GMT) today.

Later, the ISS account shared pictures Fischer photographed from the station's six-sided observation dome.

The video was taken Friday evening over the Gulf of Mexico.

More details about the extent of any damage JSC did suffer from Harvey should become clear in the coming days. The center typically bustles with thousands of scientists, engineers, contractors and other staff, including flight controllers for the ISS.

NASA sNASA shuttered JSC to everyone except "essential personnel" on August 25, the day that Harvey slammed into the Texas coast as a Category 4 hurricane.

"Our primary concern is the safety of our employees and all our fellow Houstonians", JSC director and former NASA astronaut Ellen Ochoa said in a statement.