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dateline: 05 March 2013

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Married Couple Wanted For Mars Flyby

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • capsule: a small container; usually has a rounded oblong shape
  • flyby: a flight that passes over something without touching down
  • launch: to begin
  • humanity: all of mankind
  • living quarters: the space in which you live; your home

Married Couple Wanted For Mars Mission

“Inspiration Mars” is looking for one man and one woman to board a private space capsule for a flyby. The 500-day mission is currently scheduled for January 5th, 2018, with a flyby of Mars on August 20th, and a return to earth set for May 21st the following year. The Inspiration Mars team says they want to send a man and a woman to humanity. They feel that the long journey in the tight living quarters would be most to a married couple. The non-profit project was launched by Dennis Tito, the world’s first fee-paying space tourist. In 2001 the purchased a ride to the International Space Station with the Russian Federal .

Comprehension Questions

  1. What is “Inspiration Mars”?
  2. Who is Dennis Tito?
  3. Why does the project team want a married couple to complete this mission?

Discussion Question: The crew selection process might be the most interesting part of this mission. What personality adjectives do you think interested couples should use in their applications?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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