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Ahead of the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Moon landing, 60% say the space program has provided enough benefit to the country to justify its cost, while 38% do not consider the country’s expenditures on the space program warranted. 

Most Americans say it is important for the space program to monitor objects including asteroids, comets, and other objects that could impact the Earth, as well as scientifically research the universe, our solar system, and the Earth. 


On the other hand, the establishment of permanent human settlements on other planets or developing an American military presence in space are not considered priorities.

Earth has been on the receiving end of several incoming objects.
Credit: NASA

Robots over humans

Americans prefer a space program that focuses on potential asteroid impacts, scientific research and using robots to explore the cosmos over sending humans back to the Moon or on to Mars, the poll shows.







To view the Chicago, Illinois-based AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll information, go to:

Space Exploration: Attitudes toward the U.S. Space Program–Space-Program.aspx

AP-NORC poll: Asteroid watch more urgent than Mars trip

Also, go to:

Asteroids headed for Earth? Poll shows Americans are ill-informed about space by Mark R. Whittington, Opinion Contributor

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