The majority of Americans are not interested in Mars or the Moon, they should rather protect the Earth.
Living conditions on Mars are, to put it mildly, harsh: there’s staggering aridity, intense winds and dust, and an average annual temperature of only about -60 degrees Celsius. With that said, humanity has always wanted to reach the Red Planet, and lately it’s become even more urgent, thanks to Mars being one of Earth’s closest potentially inhabited neighbours. Of course, there are still many problems to be solved before the flight there, but according to NASA’s plans, they want to carry out the mission at the end of the third decade of the current century.
A recent poll by Pew Research shows that while a majority of Americans generally support NASA, they are far less interested in the space agency’s mission to Mars and the Moon, and more interested in being able to protect Earth from asteroids – He writes the futuristic.
More than 10,000 Americans took part in the survey, and 60 percent of respondents thought NASA’s priority should be monitoring potentially dangerous asteroids and other near-Earth objects. In contrast, only 12 percent of the respondents said missions to the Moon were the most important, and even fewer, 11 percent, said that conquering the Red Planet was their primary goal.
By the way, the Mars mission is very expensive, so far it is difficult to estimate the cost. According to 2019 estimates, the cost of the expedition is expected to reach $120.6 billion.