Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

Astronauts launching to International Space Station

Astronauts launching to International Space Station

"Indeed, on most issues regarding NASA and space exploration, there are no more than modest differences among the generational cohorts", Pew Research Center concluded. Strong public support is widely shared across gender, generational, educational and political groups.

The new crew will launch in a Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft at 7:12 a.m. E.T.

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

Americans weigh in on the space program, lauding NASA's existence as essential. Even as private companies are emerging in the industry, NASA remains an absolutely necessary source of space discovery, according to study participants.

The three astronauts aboard the Russian Soyuz rocket are scheduled to arrive at the orbital space laboratory by the end of the week.

However, if NASA were to send expeditions into space, a majority of Americans say they consider it essential that humans, not exclusively robots, make the trip. Gerst is the only astronaut of the mission that had participated in a space mission in 2014.

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Around half of Americans share the opinion that people will travel routinely to space as tourists over the next 50 years. However, majority want the agency to stick close to home. Interest in orbiting the Earth is greater among younger generations. The big idea is less government and more private investment.

Twenty-six percent of Americans have a great deal of confidence that private companies will be able to build safe and reliable spacecraft, and 23 percent don't have too much confidence, or have no confidence at all.

The journey from Kazakhstan to the orbiting laboratory is expected to take two days with the trio set to make it by Friday morning. "We need commercial to step up in ways that we haven't seen before", he said.

Interest in orbiting the Earth is greater among younger generations and among men.

A new survey examined Americans' sentiment on the space program with a number of surprising results. Likewise, monitoring parts of Earth's climate system is a top priority for 63 percent of American adults.

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