3 astronauts make two-day launch to International Space Station

Christopher Davidson
June 8, 2018

At the moment, the USA spends $3-4 billion a year on the ISS.

The Soyuz MS-09 is expected to dock at the ISS at 9.07 a.m. on Friday.

Space exploration has changed drastically in the decades following the first landing on the moon by United States astronauts.

The three astronauts aboard the Russian Soyuz rocket are scheduled to arrive at the orbital space laboratory by the end of the week. Overall, 58% of USA adults believe it is essential to include the use of human astronauts in the future US space program, while 41% say astronauts are not essential. Only 27 percent of baby boomers are interested in space tourism, but as much as 63 percent of millennials would like to travel into space as tourists. "An additional external camera is mounted on manned and resupply spaceships, beginning with the Soyuz MS-09 and the Progress MS-09, for visual control (apart from the onboard video control system) during the separation of the third stage from the spacecraft", Roscosmos said in a statement.

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.

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Although the media seems infatuated with private companies like Musk's SpaceX, Americans remain traditionally confident in NASA. However, a great deal of Americans surveyed in the pool tend to be skeptical about whether private companies will minimize space debris. Find us on Facebook too!

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

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

Searching for life and planets that could support life: 31% top priority. 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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