Canadians remember Neil Armstrong

U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong, does a rehearsal for his moon walk at Cape Kennedy Space Center on July 15, 1969. NASA / AFP / Getty Images

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On the 50th Anniversary of the first manned moon landing Saturday, we wanted to know what Canadians remembered about the historic moment, and what they thought about the future of space exploration. This is Part One of a two-part feature, with their answers.

Most Canadians (85%) can easily recall the name of the first human to walk on the moon — Neil Armstrong, who was also the focus of the 2018 Hollywood blockbuster First Man. However, on the 50th anniversary of the first manned moon landing, Canadians don’t see the space milestone as mankind’s single greatest technological achievement of all time — only 39% felt it was.

This, according to a DART & MARU/Blue poll provided exclusively to The Sun.

Half of Canadians (48%) believe astronauts should return to the moon and begin a colony for further scientific study.

With commercial space tourism to commence in the next few years, half of Canadians (47%) would love to board and soar into the Earth’s orbit if they could afford it. And while most would like to keep their feet on the ground, one in five (22%) indicate they’d be prepared to go to Mars and begin a new civilization — even if it meant they could never return to Earth.

And, for those disbelievers out there — you’re a rare breed, indeed. Just 2% of Canadians believe the 1969 Apollo 11 adventure was faked.

The DART &Maru Voice of Canada Poll was undertaken for the Sun as part of a regular sounding of Canadians on various issues that affect their lives as citizens, consumers, and voters. The survey was conducted among 1,512 randomly selected Canadian adults who are members of Maru/Blue’s Voice of Canada Online panel on July 10, 2019, and is considered accurate to within +/- 2.9 percentage points. Because of extremely small sample sizes, approval ratings cannot be provided for Prince Edward Island, Nunavut and both the Yukon and Northwest Territories.

Do you know who was the first human to walk on the moon?

  • Neil Armstrong: 85%
  • Buzz Aldrin: 3%
  • John Glenn: 3%
  • None: the Apollo 11 mission was faked: 2%
  • Alan Shepard: 1%
  • Don’t Know: 6%

Would buy a ticket to space if they could afford it?

  • Men: 57%
  • Women: 37%
  • Age 18-34: 60%
  • Age 35-54: 50%
  • Age 55+: 34%

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