Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Sci-tech | By Brandy Patterson

Astronauts en route to space station after successful launch

Astronauts en route to space station after successful launch

SpaceX can take note that 65 percent prefer NASA stay involved in space exploration, while 33 percent think private companies can do the job. Pew Research Center asked survey participants to rate the importance of the following nine missions. 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.

Space exploration has changed drastically in the decades following the first landing on the moon by United States astronauts.

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Americans are more skeptical that private companies will minimize human-made space debris, with only 13% saying they have a great deal of confidence; 35% saying they have a fair amount of confidence; and 51% saying they have not too much or no confidence at all. Most Americans, 80 percent of them, displayed confidence that private companies will make a profit from space exploration.

The NASA live stream comes days after the USA 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. Only 27 percent of baby boomers are interested in space tourism, but as much as 63 percent of millennials would like to travel into space as tourists.

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The astronaut-carrying version of the Dragon includes seven seats, a bank of monitors offering the crew real-time flight data, a climate-control system for added comfort, and plenty of windows so the space travelers can gaze in awe at the stunning scenery.

In a national survey of 2,541 USA adults conducted March 27-April 9, 2018, roughly seven-in-ten Americans (72%) say it is essential for the U.S.to continue to be a world leader in space exploration.

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