On July 20, the list of space tourists was added by the founder of Amazon and the richest man in the world, Jeff Bezos. A week earlier, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson successfully flew into space, promising to soon start sending other space tourists into orbit. Recently, the popularity of the idea of space exploration has been growing in society.
According to a recent YouGov study, 52% of US residents support sending astronauts to the moon, while only 17% oppose this idea. Americans hold practically the same opinion about Mars: 53% – for flights to the Red Planet, 19% – against. Moreover, in both cases, men are more likely to approve of the idea (60% and 60% to the Moon and Mars, respectively), rather than women (46% and 48%).
At the end of 2020, billionaire and founder of the private rocket company SpaceX, Elon Musk, promised to deliver a man to Mars in the next six years, as well as create a colony there in which he would like to spend the rest of his life. In the next 30 years, according to Musk's plans, 1 million people will be able to live on the Red Planet.
According to the survey, most Americans are not interested in relocating to Mars. 62% were against such an initiative, while 25% supported it. Americans also doubt that they will find the very landing of man on Mars. 42% believe that this is unlikely during their lifetime, but 45% are optimistic, believing that they will be able to witness this event.
Against the background of the growing popularity of space flights, only 16% of respondents believed that it is necessary to reduce funding for the space industry, while 39% are sure that it needs to be increased. 29% think that the financing of the industry should not be changed.
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