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Soyuz MS 09 was launched successfully

But NASA's new administrator, former Oklahoma Congressman Jim Bridenstine, has some other priorities.

"We were struck by the finding about public priorities for NASAs mission", Cary Funk of Pew Research Center tells Axios. The complex was essentially completed with the retirement of NASA's space shuttles in 2011. 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.

The MS-09 spacecraft is scheduled to dock to the space station's Rassvet module at 9:07 a.m. on Friday, June 8.

SpaceX is aiming to play a part in helping NASA to return human spaceflight launches to American soil while ferrying astronauts to and from the ISS, while its long-term goal is to build a reliable, reusable, and cost-effective rocket system for far more ambitious journeys to Mars and beyond.

In the decades since the US landed astronauts on the moon, the landscape of space exploration has changed dramatically as other countries have expanded their capabilities and private companies have taken on larger roles.

A majority of Americans also express confidence that these private companies will build safe and reliable rockets and spacecraft, with 26% expressing a great deal of confidence and 51% having at least a fair amount of confidence. However, a great deal of Americans surveyed in the pool tend to be skeptical about whether private companies will minimize space debris.

Around half of Americans share the opinion that people will travel routinely to space as tourists over the next 50 years.

"Strong public support that the USA should continue to be at the vanguard of space exploration is widely shared across gender, educational and political groups".

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