Trio of astronauts blast off to international space station


This launch comes on the heels of the safe return to Earth of Expedition 55, which was made up of NASA astronaut Scott Tingle, Japan's Norishige Kanai and mission commander Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian Space Agency.

The NASA live stream comes days after the U.S. space agency broadcasted the return of Expedition 55 Commander Anton Shkaplerov, flight engineer Scott Tingle and Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency touching back on Earth.

The missions to Mars and the moon - which are some of the most high-profile missions of NASA - rank the lowest for Americans.

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The results show that 13 percent of Americans consider sending astronauts to the moon a top priority. The two parties tend to agree relatively about numerous priorities, though.

Pew Research Center published the results of their newest survey today.

"Strong public support that the US should continue to be at the vanguard of space exploration is widely shared across gender, educational and political groups".

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In terms of advancement, approximately 50 percent of Americans believe space tourism will be possible within 50 years, although 58 percent say that they wouldn't actually want to leave Earth.

Administrator James Bridenstine says NASA is already talking with private companies about potentially taking over the space lab after 2025. A third (33 percent) do think that these private companies could advance the industry even without the agency. Epps remains in consideration for future missions, NASA said.

This issue is very relevant due to the emergence of private companies, including Elon Musk's SpaceX, that are venturing out in space. Russia's State Space Corporation Roscosmos installed external video cameras on the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft for the first time to test the methods of visual control over the carrier rocket's flight, Roscosmos said on Wednesday.

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