Trio of astronauts headed to International Space Station

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He told reporters he said he had very fruitful talks with NASA US colleagues today, and yesterday had a long conversation with colleagues from the European Space Agency (ESA), adding that "there are joint projects and that "We agreed to act together". Even as private companies are emerging in the industry, NASA remains an absolutely necessary source of space discovery, according to study participants.

The full report from the Pew Research Center can be found here.

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.

Although the media seems infatuated with private companies like Musk's SpaceX, Americans remain traditionally confident in NASA.

The U.S. space agency will launch Expedition 56 aboard a Soyuz MS-08 rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.




On Wednesday, Bridenstine also promised to always have an astronaut in space.

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). On that front, 58 percent of Americans agree, saying human astronauts are essential to the space program's future.

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

Americans are more skeptical that private companies will minimize human-made space debris, with only 13% saying they have a great deal of confidence; 35% saying they have a fair amount of confidence; and 51% saying they have not too much or no confidence at all.

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

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