About 30 percent of our readers think that establishing a permanent lunar colony or a manned mission to Mars should be a space exploration priority.

magnoliareporter.com readers favor using more technology to study the cosmos, and are less inclined to support human exploration.

Starting Saturday, we invited readers to select one of five answers to the following question:

“What should be humankind’s top space priority?”

The results:

More research beyond our solar system, including space telescopes and searching for threats such as asteroids, 44 votes, 41.12 percent.

Returning humans to the moon and establishing a permanent colony there, 19 votes, 17.75 percent.

Unmanned exploration of the rest of the solar system, 18 votes, 16.82 percent.

Sending humans to Mars, 14 votes, 13 percent.

Search for extraterrestrial life, 12 votes, 11.21 percent.

Total votes: 107.

magnoliareporter.com online polls are not scientific. They are conducted for the information and entertainment of our readers.

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