Tony Dewey, a 71-year-old retired clerk in Wilmington, North Carolina, told the AP in an interview that machines, not people, should be researchers. "Mars," she said, "and we have roads and bridges that need to be repaired here.
Dewey does not care more to go to the moon, saying: "We were there."
Her attitude is reflected in the study. Only 23% of respondents have chosen to return a man to the Moon and only 27% want NASA to pursue Mars crew missions. When asked exactly where the US astronauts should be sent – Moon vs. Mars – 37% of respondents said that Mars and 18% said on the moon.
President Trump recently said that NASA should focus on the red planet above the moon. That's it, even though he gave NASA a five-year term to send a man to the moon again.
"NASA DOES NOT Talk about going to the Moon," Trump writes. "We did that 50 years ago, and they have to focus on the much bigger things we do, including Mars (part of which is the moon), defense and science!"
However, the heavenly body was a priority for 43% of the respondents. Last year, President Trump ordered the Pentagon to create "Space Force," which is expected to cost about $ 2 billion in five years, according to the Washington Post . The aim of the new military army is to deter the efforts of mainly Russia and China to target the US space assets.
A recent study by the Pew Research Center found that most Americans believe it is important for the United States to be a world leader in space. Americans still believe that NASA is a full benefit, which is reflected in the AP-NORC poll, with 60% of respondents saying that it is enough to justify the price.