WASHINGTON — The first time humans walked on the moon was July 20, 1969. The last time humans walked on the moon was Dec. 11, 1972. That means it’s been almost 50 years since humans first walked on the moon. According to data and polling expert Scott Rasmussen, younger generations are eager to get back into space.
“When we ask people, 'Would you like to go into space if you had the chance?' younger people are much more likely than older people to say yeah I’d jump at the opportunity,” Rasmussen said. “It could just be that older people aren’t as healthy and don’t think they could handle it anymore.”
While young people may be eager to send humans back into space, Rasmussen says they don’t have the same admiration for space programs as older generations, which lived through the space race.
“In terms of the interest and fascination with the space program, there's also a generation gap. With baby boomers, the space race really captured a generation. I don't know if it ranks up there with The Beatles, but it definitely captured the attention of a generation, and today, it's not anywhere near that level."
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