Majority of Americans expect NASA astronauts to land on Mars by 2050 Pew Research Center

NASA introduced eight new astronauts earlier this week—the agency’s first in four years—who could be part of the first human missions to land on an asteroid in the 2020s and then on Mars in the following decade. And a Pew Research survey indicates that these exploration goals are consistent with the predictions of most Americans. In 2010, a majority of Americans (63%) were optimistic that astronauts would land on Mars by 2050.