The annual USA investment in the space lab ranges from $3 to $4 billion.
Russian astronaut Anton Shkaplerov, Norishige Kanai of Japan and American Scott Tingle will end their 168 day mission, handing over command to the Expedition 56 crew.
Montauk Observatory is honored to have the opportunity to host a true American hero: Randolph "Komrade" Bresnik who, in December 2017, returned from 139 days in space as Commander of the International Space Station (ISS), for two lectures at Guild Hall in East Hampton this month. He told reporters he said he had very fruitful talks with NASA US colleagues today, and yesterday had a long conversation with colleagues from the European Space Agency (ESA), adding that "there are joint projects and that "We agreed to act together".
Many Americans are confident private space companies will be profitable, but are more skeptical they will keep space clean.
Around 65 percent of Americans believe that NASA's role in space exploration is essential, while 33 percent say that private companies could make sufficient progress without NASA's involvement.
Although the media seems infatuated with private companies like Musk's SpaceX, Americans remain traditionally confident in NASA. Only 27 percent of baby boomers are interested in space tourism, but as much as 63 percent of millennials would like to travel into space as tourists.
Interest in orbiting the Earth is greater among younger generations and among men.
The astronauts will be tasked with conducting various scientific experiments. Only 18 percent and 13 percent say that sending astronauts to Mars and the moon deserve top priority, and 37 percent and 44 percent, respectively, think that it's not important or should not be done.