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By the numbers: What Americans think NASA should focus on

Reproduced from a Pew Research Center report; Note: Survey conducted March 27 to April 9, 2018. The "lower priority" ranking means it was not the top priority but still important. Respondents who did not answer are not shown; Chart: Axios Visuals

Americans rank monitoring Earth's climate and detecting asteroids and other objects that could hit the planet as top priorities for NASA, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. Lowest on the list: returning astronauts to the Moon — a top priority for the White House.

For the future: Half of the 2,541 Americans surveyed think people will be routinely traveling to space as tourists in the next 50 years. But 58% of respondents said they wouldn't want to orbit Earth.