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NPR's Alexi Horowitz-Ghazi and Emily Sullivan reported in March that private companies Boeing and Space X have been involved in helping with space expeditions for the past two decades.

The full report from the Pew Research Center can be found here. "Sending astronauts into space is one of the most visible of the US space programs over time".

Bridenstine also said his top two priorities were the resumption of human spaceflight from the USA -since 2011, American astronauts have relied on Russian transportation to get to the ISS-and going back to the Moon with the help of a new, nearby outpost that could ferry supplies there.

Only about 7 percent of Americans surveyed said they payed close attention to space news, hearing "a lot" about NASA and commercial space in the past year.

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She also co-wrote the 1972 book " Is My Baby All Right? " which explained the causes and treatment of common birth defects . She left Columbia, got a master's degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University, and began her work on genetics.

Administrator James Bridenstine says NASA is already talking with private companies about potentially taking over the space lab after 2025. Only 33 percent of American adults think private companies have the ability to ensure progress and explore the space, without National Aeronautics and Space Administration's help.

When it comes to NASA's responsibilities, the poll finds that more Americans view monitoring the Earth's climate system or keeping an eye out for asteroids and objects that could hit Earth as NASA's top priorities.

This issue is very relevant due to the emergence of private companies, including Elon Musk's SpaceX, that are venturing out in space. Around 80 percent of adults in the United States feel that the International Space Station has been a good investment, and strong public support for NASA is shared across political, generational, and gender groups.

This is not the first time that NASA has looked toward commercial collaboration.