Russian Federation launches Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft with int'l crew to ISS

James Marshall
June 8, 2018

The NASA live stream comes days after the U.S. space agency broadcasted the return of Expedition 55 Commander Anton Shkaplerov, flight engineer Scott Tingle and Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency touching back on Earth.

"Strong public support that the US should continue to be at the vanguard of space exploration is widely shared across gender, educational and political groups".

A majority of Americans say NASA should remain a global leader in space exploration, but a recent Pew Research study looking at the public's perception of the USA space program find support for a human mission to the moon or Mars is low.

The Soyuz MS-09 is set to arrive at the International Space Station Friday morning. Even as private companies are emerging in the industry, NASA remains an absolutely necessary source of space discovery, according to study participants.

Around 65 percent of Americans believe that NASA's role in space exploration is essential, while 33 percent say that private companies could make sufficient progress without NASA's involvement.

This issue is very relevant due to the emergence of private companies, including Elon Musk's SpaceX, that are venturing out in space.

Also, half of Americans (50%) believe people will routinely travel to space as tourists within the next 50 years. Only about 13 percent say they have a great deal of confidence commercial companies will control the problem.

Americans weigh in on the space program, lauding NASA's existence as essential.

Conducting basic scientific research to increase knowledge and understanding of space: 47% top priority.

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