A pilot survey of attitudes to space sciences and exploration among British school children

Jones, Harriet; Yeoman, K. and Cockell, C. (2007). A pilot survey of attitudes to space sciences and exploration among British school children. Space Policy, 23(1) pp. 20–23.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.spacepol.2006.11.013

Abstract

Over 200 school children in eight schools in the east of England were surveyed to determine their interest in space exploration and awareness of current space activities. Of those surveyed, 33% were interested in space to 'discover a new planet', and 24% to find life on another planet. When asked to list space exploration organisations 77% listed NASA. Six of those surveyed listed ESA (<0.5%). The data bring starkly to light, despite the Huygens landing on Titan and Mars Express, the lack of awareness of the existence of ESA among a new generation of European school children. These data suggest that further surveys are merited to determine the factors that influence interest in space sciences and related disciplines among school children, and the source of their information. (C) 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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