Watch Astronauts Fly To The Space Station

James Marshall
June 8, 2018

In February this year, Elon Musk successfully launched his new rocket, the Falcon Heavy, from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Only 33 percent of American adults think private companies have the ability to ensure progress and explore the space, without National Aeronautics and Space Administration's help.

In the decades since the US landed astronauts on the moon, the landscape of space exploration has changed dramatically as other countries have expanded their capabilities and private companies have taken on larger roles.

Although the media seems infatuated with private companies like Musk's SpaceX, Americans remain traditionally confident in NASA. Strong public support is widely shared across gender, generational, educational and political groups. Most Americans, 80 percent of them, displayed confidence that private companies will make a profit from space exploration.

It cost $100 billion to build and orbits about 250 miles (400 kilometers) above the Earth.

"Handing over a rare national asset to commercial enterprises before the private sector is ready to support it could have disastrous consequences for American leadership in space and for the chances of building space-focused private enterprise", he said at the time. Only 31 percent say that the search for alien life and life-supporting planets is top priority, while 42 percent believe it's low priority, and 27 percent believe it's not important or should not be done. "Highlights of upcoming investigations include a new facility to study ultra-cold quantum gases, the first commercial European facility to conduct microgravity research, and a system that uses surface forces to accomplish liquid-liquid separation", NASA said. Some 63% of Millennials (born 1981 to 1996) say they are definitely or probably interested in space tourism, compared with 39% of Gen Xers (born 1965 to 1980) and 27% of those in the Baby Boomer or older generations. Only 18 percent of respondents said NASA should send humans to Mars and even fewer think astronauts should return to the moon.

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