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Americans don't want another moon landing

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NASA now plans to go again to the moon, with a goal of landing astronauts—among them at least one woman—near the lunar south pole in 2024, and once again the American people, including many scientists, are skeptical of the value.

Most Americans are pro-NASA and pro-space. A 2018 Pew Research poll found that 80 percent think the space station has been a good investment, 72 percent think it is essential for the U.S. to remain a global leader in space, and 65 percent say that should happen through NASA, not primarily through private companies.

But only 18 percent think it should be a top priority to send humans to Mars, and only 13 percent support sending humans to the moon.

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spartan max2

I want a colony on mars. But top priority is sort of loaded question. Of course compared to these other things I wouldn't count it as the top priority 

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So what do Americans want NASA to do? The answer may come as a surprise: 63 percent say NASA should make monitoring global climate a top priority. If we include those who think it should be an important (but not top) priority, the percentage increases to a whopping 88 percent. The second-highest priority is looking for asteroids or other objects that might hit our planet. Many of us have been loath even to talk about climate change because it is seen as divisive—but one thing that seems to unify us is the belief that the most important thing we can do in space is to collect information to protect ourselves and our one and only Earth.

 

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qunaquna

Moon should have already had a colony by now and be a training ground for Mars. And by colony I mean something similar in function to ISS.

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