Public support for Mars missions: The importance of informing the next generation

Joyce, Sarah, Ferguson, Chantal and Weinstein, Philip (2009) Public support for Mars missions: The importance of informing the next generation. Acta Astronautica, 64 7-8: 718-723. doi:10.1016/j.actaastro.2008.12.014


Author Joyce, Sarah
Ferguson, Chantal
Weinstein, Philip
Title Public support for Mars missions: The importance of informing the next generation
Journal name Acta Astronautica   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0094-5765
Publication date 2009-04-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.actaastro.2008.12.014
Volume 64
Issue 7-8
Start page 718
End page 723
Total pages 6
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Language eng
Formatted abstract

This paper explores and compares the perceptions of the risks associated with Mars Sample Return (MSR) among schoolchildren and adults. Comparable surveys were constructed and administered to two sample groups; science students aged 11–15 and adults with an interest in science aged 18 and over. Contingency table analyses were used to quantify any differences in perception between the two groups. Schoolchildren were less likely to consider Mars exploration to be quite or very useful (44.7%vs. 68.9%; p = 0.005) and recorded significantly higher levels of risk perception regarding both a MSR mission and also towards other societal risks. These results have important implications for policy-makers, as they can inform education programs now that will enhance the viability and public support for future missions.

Keyword Mars Sample Return
Risk perception
Perception
Risk
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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