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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

Galileo went to prison in the early 1600s to defend the notion that the Earth revolved around the Sun.

Unfortunately, he might still have problems convincing people today.  One in four Americans still believes the Sun revolves around the Earth, according to a new study.

If you missed that part, because it sounds too outrageous to be true, we will repeat it.

1 in 4 Americans believe that the Sun revolves around our planet.

The National Science Foundation polled more than 2,200 people and found that most Americans could be a bit more knowledgeable in the ways of science.

The National Science Foundation conducts the survey every two years and is part of a report provided to the president and Congress.

Unfortunately, Americans still have a tough time answering some basic science questions. Out of a total of nine questions that covered the physical and biological sciences, the average score was 6.5 correct answers.

Fewer than half (48 percent) knew that human beings developed from earlier species of animals.  Only 39 percent believe in the Big Bang Theory.

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  • Nearly 90 percent of those surveyed think the benefits of science outweigh any potential dangers.
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