Trio of astronauts blast off to international space station

Trio of astronauts blast off to international space station

This new space mission will last 187 days. At the moment, the US spends $3-4 billion a year on the ISS.

Bridenstine also said his top two priorities were the resumption of human spaceflight from the USA -since 2011, American astronauts have relied on Russian transportation to get to the ISS-and going back to the Moon with the help of a new, nearby outpost that could ferry supplies there.

A faster 4-orbit/6-hour or a 2-orbit/3-hour journey is usually possible, but space station positioning requirements to ensure a daytime landing for the departing Soyuz MS-07 crew earlier in the week prevented the possibility of a quicker trip for the new crew, SpaceFlight.com reported. 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". It may, but most Americans still believe NASA's role will be vital in the future. According to Pew Research Center, 65 percent of Americans think it is essential that NASA stays involved in space exploration.

When it comes to NASA's responsibilities, the poll finds that more Americans view monitoring the Earth's climate system or keeping an eye out for asteroids and objects that could hit Earth as NASA's top priorities.

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

Also, half of Americans (50%) believe people will routinely travel to 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. Only 18 percent of respondents said NASA should send humans to Mars and even fewer think astronauts should return to the moon.

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