060280 01: Astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin poses next to the U.S. flag July 20, 1969 on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission. (Photo by NASA/Liaison)

Today is the 53rd Anniversary of the Moon Landing. in the 1960’s the US government spent $24 billion on a program to put a man on the moon. Now, half a century later, 37% of Americans think we’ll be living there within fifty years. Man, if you think rent is expensive here…

On This Date:

It’s been 53 years since Neil Armstrong made his famous “one giant leap for mankind” line on July 20th, 1969. Today being the anniversary of the historic event, it got me thinking: Do you think we’ll be living on the Moon or Mars permanently within the next 50 years? My opinion is yes. But I think it would be pretty boring. Living in outer space without light sabers or a Wookie co-pilot doesn’t seem that appealing. I’ll wait until someone can “Beam me up” and back again.

Survey Says:

A recent poll asked 1,000 Americans that very question and here are some of the results:
The space race is far from over. The latest poll shows 70% of us have a favorable view of NASA. Only 14% said they didn’t like the space agency, and 16% said they didn’t know anything about NASA to answer. Not sci-fi fans. Must be more “Game of Thrones” type people. Since 1969, 47% of us think the space program has accomplished as much or more than most people expected. Our favorite thing they’ve given us is GPS.
Most of us would be lost without it. Finally, 70% of Americans think the $10 billion James Webb telescope was a great investment, which I think was also the budget for James Cameron’s Avatar movie. That movie is pretty awesome. Just saying.