12:41pm

Thu July 21, 2011
The Two-Way

Poll: Half Of Americans Say Ending Shuttle Program Is Bad For Country

Just hours after Atlantis touched down in Florida, CNN released a poll that found 50 percent of Americans say that ending the shuttle program is "bad for the country."

CNN reports:

And a CNN/ORC International Poll also indicates that most of the public wants to U.S. to develop a new spacecraft that will send astronauts into space, but a majority say they would prefer that private enterprise rather than a government program achieve that goal.

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Half of those questioned in the poll say the end of the space shuttle program will be bad for the country, with 16 percent saying it will be good, and one-third saying it will have no effect. Three-quarters say the U.S. should develop a replacement spacecraft that will be capable of sending astronauts back into space.

As Mark reported this morning, the space shuttle Atlantis touched down at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida shortly before 5:58 a.m. ET. It marked the end of the 30-year space program.

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