Trio of astronauts blast off to international space station

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"Strong public support that the USA should continue to be at the vanguard of space exploration is widely shared across gender, educational and political groups".

Montauk Observatory is honored to have the opportunity to host a true American hero: Randolph "Komrade" Bresnik who, in December 2017, returned from 139 days in space as Commander of the International Space Station (ISS), for two lectures at Guild Hall in East Hampton this month.

While human missions to Mars or the moon maintain a high-profile at NASA, and they're also part of the Trump Administration's long term goals for space exploration, public support for such missions is low.

When it comes to political parties, 70 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning Americans believe that NASA is still vital in the future of the industry, but only 59 percent of the total Republicans and Republican-leaning Americans say the same. SpaceX can take note that 65 percent prefer NASA stay involved in space exploration, while 33 percent think private companies can do the job. 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.

Around half of Americans share the opinion that people will travel routinely to space as tourists over the next 50 years.

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

Americans weigh in on the space program, lauding NASA's existence as essential.

Developing technologies that could be adapted for other uses: 41% top priority.

The astronauts will be tasked with conducting various scientific experiments. Only 18 percent of respondents said NASA should send humans to Mars and even fewer think astronauts should return to the moon.