Mini Poll: Ad astra et ultra

The US has landed a robotic explorer on Mars that is sending back pictures and data. Is this a major achievement?

Major achievement:
 88%
Minor achievement:
 7%
Not an achievement at all:
 5%

Do you think that life ever existed on Mars?

Yes:
 65%
No:
 35%

Would you favor sending a US astronaut to Mars?

Yes:
 63%
No:
 31%
No, unless I get to pick who to send:
 6%

Tasted Tang

Yes:
 65%
No:
 31%
No, unless I get to pick who to send:
 5%

Not Tasted Tang

Yes:
 50%
No:
 36%
No, unless I get to pick who to send:
 14%

Since the moon landing in 1969, has the US space program accomplished more than you expected it to accomplish by now?

More than I expected:
 25%
Less than I expected:
 54%
About what I expected:
 21%

Looking back, do you think the money and effort put into landing a man on the moon was worth it?

Yes:
 83%
No:
 17%

The US space shuttle program ended in 2011 and the shuttles are now sitting in museums around the country. Given the costs and risks of the program, do you think the space shuttle program was worthwhile or would the money have been better spent in some other way?

Worthwhile:
 81%
Spent some other way:
 19%

Do you think the emphasis of the US space program should be primarily on manned flight or unmanned missions?

Manned:
 43%
Unmanned:
 47%
Nether. End the program; use the money for something else:
 10%

How much does the US space program contribute to the following goals:

Scientific advances that all Americans can use:

A Lot:
 68%
Some:
 22%
Not Much:
 6%
Nothing at all:
 4%

National defense:

A Lot:
 40%
Some:
 44%
Not Much:
 10%
Nothing at all:
 5%

Jetson-style fashion:

A Lot:
 6%
Some:
 10%
Not Much:
 28%
Nothing at all:
 56%

Cooperation among nations on a common goal:

A Lot:
 26%
Some:
 51%
Not Much:
 16%
Nothing at all:
 7%

Demonstrating US technological leadership:

A Lot:
 52%
Some:
 40%
Not Much:
 4%
Nothing at all:
 4%

National pride/patriotism:

A Lot:
 52%
Some:
 35%
Not Much:
 8%
Nothing at all:
 5%

Encouraging interest in science/technology:

A Lot:
 62%
Some:
 32%
Not Much:
 2%
Nothing at all:
 4%

Do you think spending on NASA should be increased or decreased?

Increased:
 52%
Decreased:
 12%
Leave it the way it is:
 36%

Tasted Tang

Increased:
 53%
Decreased:
 11%
Leave it the way it is:
 36%

Not Tasted Tang

Increased:
 45%
Decreased:
 18%
Leave it the way it is:
 36%

How likely do you think it is that in the years ahead ordinary people will travel in outer space?

Certainly happen:
 34%
Probably happen :
 42%
Probably not happen:
 17%
Definitely not happen:
 8%

Growing up, did you ever want to become an astronaut?

Yes:
 36%
No:
 64%

Tasted Tang

Yes:
 38%
No:
 62%

Not Tasted Tang

Yes:
 23%
No:
 77%

Have you ever tasted Tang?

Yes:
 89%
No:
 11%

If you had a chance in your lifetime to travel in outer space, would you do so, or not?

Would:
 51%
Would not:
 49%

Note: Due to rounding, results for some questions may not total 100%.