AMERICANS THINK CLIMATE CHANGE SHOULD BE NASA’S TOP PRIORITY, NOT SENDING ASTRONAUTS TO MARS

This article discusses recent polling of American attitudes towards NASA and climate change.

We chose to go the Moon because it was hard, but it turns out difficulty might not be a compelling enough argument to sway Americans these days.

That’s according to a new poll released by the Pew Research Center, a non-partisan polling group that studies a range of fields including science and U.S. government policy. Perhaps the most interesting set of results came when the researchers asked how NASA should prioritize the suite of tasks the agency oversees.

The top two priorities out of the list given were to watch Earth’s climate and to keep an eye on asteroids that could theoretically slam into the planet. Each of those tasks was ranked as a top priority by almost two-thirds of the survey respondents, with another quarter considering it an important but somewhat lower priority.

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