Credit: University of Michigan

A new national survey has taken the pulse of Americans as they reflect on Apollo 11 and the space program.

The survey was carried out by Jon D. Miller, Director of the International Center for the Advancement of Scientific Literacy, Institute for Social Research, based at the University of Michigan in  Ann Arbor.  

Landmark achievement

According to the survey: “This brief examination of national survey data from 1988 and 2018 indicates that American adult tend to recall the first Apollo lunar landing as a landmark achievement of the space program, citing it more often than any other activity as the best achievement of the space program, the survey notes.

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“Parallel national survey data indicate that a majority of American adults think that the space program has paid for itself through the development of new technologies and new scientific discoveries. The proportion of American adults holding this belief has increased steadily over the last 30 years.”

Broadly shared

In looking to the future, the survey concludes: “a substantial majority of American adults continue to believe that today’s space exploration should be viewed as similar to the earlier European explorations of this planet.”

Lastly, “the proportion of adults holding this view has increased over the last 30 years,” the survey concludes, and is broadly shared by American adults.

“This level of public recall and recognition reflect the deep-seated impact of the first moon landing in American culture,” notes Jon Miller in a University of Michigan press statement.

This report was submitted to NASA under a cooperative agreement.

To view the full report — Americans reflect on Apollo 11 and the space program — go to:

https://www.isr.umich.edu/cps/Apollo11_20190716.pdf

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