Astronauts launching to International Space Station

The Soyuz rocket leaves its assembly hangar via rail

The Soyuz rocket leaves its assembly hangar via rail

At the moment, the US spends $3-4 billion a year on the ISS.

The Soyuz MS-09 ship has successfully entered a designated orbit and is set to dock at the space outpost Friday.

Space exploration has changed drastically in the decades following the first landing on the moon by United States astronauts. According to Pew Research Center, 65 percent of Americans think it is essential that NASA stays involved in space exploration.

The astronaut-carrying version of the Dragon includes seven seats, a bank of monitors offering the crew real-time flight data, a climate-control system for added comfort, and plenty of windows so the space travelers can gaze in awe at the stunning scenery.

Around half of Americans share the opinion that people will travel routinely to space as tourists over the next 50 years. Intended for younger audiences, it's great chance for kids to meet and be inspired by a real, live astronaut. It may, but most Americans still believe NASA's role will be vital in the future.

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Yet Thiem's recovery was exceptional, moving out of sight with a ruthless second break and a confident hold to wrap up the opener. The battle wore on and on, before, on the Austrian's fifth set point, Cecchinato went long to fall two sets behind.

Private companies like SpaceX, Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic, Boeing, Bigelow Airspace, and Lockheed Martin have outdone governments and embarked on what Futurism referred to as Space Race 2.0.

The 7% of the public that is highly attentive to news about NASA and private space companies tends to express more confidence in these companies to handle key aspects of space exploration. Find us on Facebook too!

Whether they're Republicans or Democrats, Americans can still agree on one thing: Space is cool. Most Americans, 80 percent of them, displayed confidence that private companies will make a profit from space exploration.

Americans weigh in on the space program, lauding NASA's existence as essential. Only 18 percent and 13 percent say that sending astronauts to Mars and the moon deserve top priority, and 37 percent and 44 percent, respectively, think that it's not important or should not be done.

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