Millennials don't know Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong

July 20, 2019, 1:10 PM GMT+0

Space. The final frontier.

Or, you know, maybe a cool place to visit. Millennials seem to have different feelings about space from previous generations, according to a new survey from YouGov.

When asked about the importance of funding research for things like the International Space Station, the GPS Satellite Network and the Hubble Telescope, Millennials were less likely than Baby Boomers or GenXers to say those would be a good investment.

Maybe that’s because this generation is removed from the fervor around America’s feats in space.

For instance, Millennials are much less likely than the average American to know the names of the astronauts that walked on the moon 50 years ago. In fact, it was the only generation to have lopsided numbers, meaning 55 percent of them didn’t know that Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong were the guys famous for the moon landing.

The generational differences continue among a range of questions about space, including about whether governments can lay claim to resources and celestial bodies.

To read the full results, or use them for a project you’re working on, click here.

Methodology: All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 1237 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 24th - 25th June 2019. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all US adults (aged 18+).

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