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08 June 2018, 04:37 | Edward Lowe
Launch set for 6-month space mission
In The Washington Post interview on Tuesday, Bridenstine said a return to the Moon and the restoration of human spaceflight from United States soil are two of his top priorities. Gerst is the only astronaut of the mission that had participated in a space mission in 2014.
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. Strong public support is widely shared across gender, generational, educational and political groups. 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".
In an interview with the Washington Post, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine confirmed that the agency is speaking to several global companies about taking over the operation of the ISS.
Americans have not flown to space aboard US-made spaceships since 2011, when the 30-year space shuttle program was retired. Most Americans, 80 percent of them, displayed confidence that private companies will make a profit from space exploration.
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Twenty-six percent of Americans have a great deal of confidence that private companies will be able to build safe and reliable spacecraft, and 23 percent don't have too much confidence, or have no confidence at all.
A majority of Americans think space tourism is not for them, although half of Americans believe people will routinely travel in space as tourists within the next 50 years. 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. "Indeed, on most issues regarding NASA and space exploration, there are no more than modest differences among the generational cohorts", Pew Research Center concluded.
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