Russian Federation launches Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft with int'l crew to ISS

Postado Junho 08, 2018

The spacecraft's crew includes Russian cosmonaut Sergei Prokopyev, U.S. astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor and German astronaut Alexander Gerst. The big idea is less government and more private investment. However, a great deal of Americans surveyed in the pool tend to be skeptical about whether private companies will minimize space debris.

A majority of Americans also express confidence that these private companies will build safe and reliable rockets and spacecraft, with 26% expressing a great deal of confidence and 51% having at least a fair amount of confidence.

"In the future, Roscosmos intends to integrate videos from onboard video cameras into most launch companies to popularize space exploration", the statement reads.

NPR's Alexi Horowitz-Ghazi and Emily Sullivan reported in March that private companies Boeing and Space X have been involved in helping with space expeditions for the past two decades. However, 58 percent say they have no interest in taking this trip themselves, stating that the trip would either be "too expensive", "too scary", or that their age or health would not allow it. "We need commercial to step up in ways that we haven't seen before", he said. Some 63% of Millennials (born 1981 to 1996) say they are definitely or probably interested in space tourism, compared with 39% of Gen Xers (born 1965 to 1980) and 27% of those in the Baby Boomer or older generations.

Political leanings do play a part when it comes to assessing NASA's priorities, especially in climate issues, which is a top priority for more Democrats (78 percent) than Republicans (44 percent).

Forty-one percent of Americans think developing technologies that could be adapted for other uses to be important, but of lower priority.