Should the United States invest whatever resources are necessary to to revitalize the space program?
Theresa Lukas, 30, economist, Dupont Circle: "Definitely, 100 percent, yes! Research and development can only be done by countries that have the resources the United States does. Solving current problems depends on research. If the future rests in technology, and we are at the forefront of technology, it's not only a necessity to keep up, but an obligation."
Angel Arnett, 20, Secretary, Northeast: "I just feel that as long as there are people out of work and hungry, and the jails are overcrowded, the money can be put to better use. Let's take care of down here before we mess up somewhere else."
William Rowe, 50, American University professor, American University Park: "I think we should provide adequate resources for a very well-planned program, but I don't think we should do it for the sake of a few spectaculars. The space shuttle has political, military and economic potential; when we think we get good results."
Gregory Johnson, 27, electrician, Brightwood: "I'm kind of a space freak anyway. I like science. I feel there's a lot to be discovered in space, and we've just about used up our mineral resources here. I think it's about time we discovered what's out there."
Zaletta Johnson, 34, clerk, Lincoln Park: "They should think twice. If they don't have the funds for it, they shouldn't just take it from anything. We have too many things down here that need taking care of."
Amos Aycock, 54, gas station manager, Southeast: "See, I'm an old serviceman, and I think the only way to stay ahead is to keep putting (spacecraft) up there. There should have been one put up there. Why? So this'll be the most powerful country, so we won't be second. I don't believe in being second, not even with my ladies."
Maria Bisio, 25, student, Mount Pleasant: "It's too much money, and we need so many things here. In Brazil, where I am from, I think most of them feel the same way. You cannot agree with putting money in this project if you are starving, or if you have seen starvation."
Riccardo Postell, 25, unemployed, Stanton Park: "For my opinion, it's really a waste of time to send those people up in space, and what they're bringing back -- rocks and so on -- what is it that's benefiting me? I really think it's a waste of our tax money when it could go to feed the people that need it, like the Cambodians, or for more schools or more jails. All they really trying to do is keep up with the Russians."
Van Vo, 34, laborer, Southwest: "We've got to invest our money in it and move, to protect our country and make a better life for the whole world. I think it's marvelous, a wonderful thing for the military, for civilian (commerce), for everything."
M.B. Colbert Jr., 44, computer marketing manager, Capitol Hill: "I definitely believe we should. As a result of previous space situations, the technology has improved, and improved our everyday life. Look at our calculators. From the general technology utilized in the space program, computers have gone up in quality and the cost has come down."