Society Poll Gets Big Response
Over 50,000 people participated in
an on line survey carried out by the Planetary
The public was asked to rank various
research activities - e.g. exploration of Mars, Europa, Pluto, etc.
With the tight budget at NASA, the
agency needs input on where limited resources should go. It asked
the National Research Council to assess planetary science priorities
and the NRC in turn asked the Society to poll the public.
Within just two weeks, more than 50k
people visited the Society's web page to place their rankings. The
"'More than 90% of survey respondents
ranked exploration of Mars among the top five mission priorities
for NASA, thus outpacing all other Solar System mission categories'
said Bruce Betts, Director of Projects at The Planetary Society."
"The rest of the top five favorite
exploration destinations and the percentage of respondents who ranked
them in the top five were: our own moon (65%), Jupiter's moon Europa
(62%), Pluto and the Kuiper Belt (37%), and Io (34%)."
See the press
release for more poll results.