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. "Sending astronauts into space is one of the most visible of the USA space programs over time".
In this program, the audience will have a rare opportunity to learn about space from the insiders: what it's like to live and work in space, to be an astronaut and be responsible for the ISS, its overall mission success, the safety of its crew and station; as well as what is involved in handling the complex challenges of one of the most ambitious worldwide collaborations (22 participating member countries) ever attempted.
The Soyuz MS-09 is expected to dock at the ISS at 9.07 a.m. on Friday.
While human missions to Mars or the moon maintain a high-profile at NASA, and they're also part of the Trump Administration's long term goals for space exploration, public support for such missions is low. Some 65% of Americans believe that NASA's role in space exploration is essential, with 33% saying that private companies will ensure that enough progress is made in space exploration without NASA's involvement.
Although the media seems infatuated with private companies like Musk's SpaceX, Americans remain traditionally confident in NASA. However, 58 percent say they have no interest in taking this trip themselves, stating that the trip would either be "too expensive", "too scary", or that their age or health would not allow it. Only 27 percent of baby boomers are interested in space tourism, but as much as 63 percent of millennials would like to travel into space as tourists.
Searching for raw materials and natural resources for use on Earth: 34% top priority.