Who Wants to Go to the Moon?

A waxing crescent moon is photographed from the International Space Station during an orbital sunset as the ISS flies above the Pacific. Image publishes December 27, 2021 by NASA.

Whether it’s being part of the Artemis Generation or harboring a greater appetite for adventure, Gen Z seems more enticed by the idea of traveling to the moon (even if today that remains a far-fetched proposition). 

52% of Americans aged 18–34 say they’d be interested in visiting the moon if money were no object, per new polling from Axios and Momentive. That number drops to 35% for US adults aged 35–64, and 18% for those 65 and older. 

  • Worth noting: Everyone in the third demographic (65+) was alive the last time humans were on the moon. 
  • And…a dose of realism: 72% of respondents believe it’s unlikely humans will colonize and live on the moon in the next 10 years. 

Industry findings: 65% of respondents believe it’s more likely than not that private space exploration companies will reach profitability within the next decade. And the lion’s share (53%) of respondents named SpaceX as the company leading the private sector’s push into space, followed by Blue Origin (12%) and Boeing (8%).