Despite new setbacks in the American
space program, an 80% majority of Americans think we have not gone far enough
and that there is still much to learn about space exploration, according to a
recent CNBC/National Geographic EXPLORER poll.

The poll was conducted as part of National Geographic EXPLORER’s two-hour
television event, “Destination Space,” premiering on Sunday, June 18 at 8 p.m.
ET/PT only on CNBC.
A majority of those polled (51%) voiced continued support
for NASA and the space program as a good use of tax dollars.

    A further sampling of the poll reveals:
    -- 44% of those polled still rank the first lunar landing as one of the
       top two or three advancements in the last part of the 20th century,
       nearly 31 years after man first set foot on the moon.

    -- 42% of those polled believe that the most important reason to invest in
       the space program is scientific and medical research.

    -- Nearly one-third of those polled (32%) said they would be willing to
       vacation on the moon, while a close 37% opted for a beautiful beach.
       Only 20% would go to a foreign country.

    -- Nearly half (49%) of those polled believe that if we discover
       intelligent life in space, it will be friendly, but 61% say that
       intelligent life would not look like earthlings.

Host Boyd Matson will reveal more details about the CNBC/National
Geographic EXPLORER poll on the broadcast.
[To participate in a separate
space poll, go to beginning June 11.]

Co-produced with Newsweek Productions, this special edition of National
Geographic EXPLORER goes beyond today’s rockets and space shuttles to a time
in the not-so-distant future when people will be living on the moon, mining
asteroids, vacationing on Mars and exploring planets and stars beyond our

What is our future in space?
National Geographic EXPLORER investigates
several possibilities in “Destination Space” — from bold spacecraft designs
to lunar colonies.
As we enter the next era of space travel, space is just
not for astronauts anymore.

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Peter Hart Research Associates, Inc. was commissioned by CNBC/National
Geographic EXPLORER to conduct the poll.
This study is based on a statistical
sample that provides a representative cross section of the adult population of
the United States, excluding Alaska and Hawaii.
The study was conducted by
telephone among a sample of 600 adults age 18 and older at 210 randomly
determined localities throughout the country on May 20 and 21, 2000.
overall results of this survey have a margin of error of +/- 4.1%.