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Americans believe asteroid monitoring more important than Mars trip

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Americans prefer a space program that focuses on potential asteroid impacts, scientific research and using robots to explore the cosmos over sending humans back to the moon or on to Mars, a poll shows. The poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research , released Thursday, one month before the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, lists asteroid and comet monitoring as the No. 1 desired objective for the US space program. About two-thirds of Americans call that very or extremely important, and about a combined 9 in 10 say it’s at least moderately important. The poll comes as the White House pushes to get astronauts back on the moon, but only about a quarter of Americans said ...
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