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I am in the upper end of the 18-25 year old American demographic and I think the reason NASA's Moon and Mars missions aren't gaining much praise by the youth is because they distrust NASA on some level. They have been shown films like Men in Black, Starship Troopers, Star Trek, Star Wars, etc and most believe there is much NASA is hiding from the public.
Another reason I'm not interested in it is because I know I could never work on a project like that, since the competition is fierce and there are only a handful of people working on it. As far as I can see NASA will never tap the American people and most certainly not the American worker for it's endeavors so if they don't care about me, ... then I don't have to care about you, hence, indiffernce.
Still NASA is distrusted by the youth of the US and for good reason, the more transparent and open NASA/other space programs can be the better the world will be. As far as I can see the more the world works together on space emdeavors the less we would/want to use war as a means of diplomacy.
The National Aeronautic and Space Administration, NASA
Very Favorable... 23
Mostly Favorable... 50
Mostly Unfavorable... 15
Very Unfavorable... 5
Never Heard Of... 1
Can't Rate... 6 =100
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Originally posted by apc
Uhm... most people don't think anything of the sort. I think the real reason is members of the Egeneration are desensitized to the notion of life in space, and don't think there's anything really special about it. It has become common place and routine. Us nerds however know better.