Mars is in the news these days thanks to the Curiosity rover which recently landed on the red planet. The goal of the six-wheeled robot is to find signs of life on Mars, and NASA also hopes that its 23 month mission will increase public awareness of the space program.

But will it rekindle interest in sending a manned mission to Mars?

According to a poll of 1,000 adults from Rasmussen Reports, which was taken right after the Curiosity landing, 36 percent think one of the current goals of the space program should be sending someone to Mars. Thirty eight percent don’t think that should be a goal, and 27 percent are not sure.

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