How about a holiday in space?
In the 1968 movie, 2001 a Space Odyssey, travelling to the moon is normal. We see a passenger (who may be a scientist) sleeping in a large American spaceship. Soon, this fantasy could become reality; however it will certainly be different. For one thing, it will be in a much smaller spacecraft. One company promising to provide flights is Virgin Galactic, owned by British business man Richard Branson. For another, the flights will be shorter, at around an hour and a half. What’s more, passengers will only travel to the edge of space. There, they will experience three to four minutes of weightlessness before returning to earth. But in another way, the flights may be similar. Scientists are excited that tickets cost just NT$5,756,361. This means they will be able to do cheaper and more frequent experiments in near space than they can now. The day when we can all afford holidays in space may not be far away.
- odyssey 漫遊
- moon 月球
- fantasy 幻想；夢想
- spaceship 太空船
- edge of space 太空邊緣
- weightlessness 失重
- experiment 實驗
The writer uses three informal phrases to list the differences between passenger experience in the movie and in the Virgin spaceship. They are, ‘For one thing’ (Firstly); ‘For another’ (Secondly) and ’What’s more’ (The most important difference is…)
作者使用了三個非正式的片語列出電影中的乘客與維京航空乘客的不同經驗。例如：「For one thing」表示「首先」，「For another」表示「第二點、此外」，「What’s more」則代表「最主要的不同點是…」。
- Scientists have discovered a new _________________ that humans might be able to live on.
- The film is about one man’s _______________ to find the mother he lost when he was born.
- The ______________ was delayed because of a terrible storm.
- An _______________is a type of test to learn something, or to discover if something works, or if something is true.
- Another word for spacecraft is _____________________.
- Many people enjoy the ________________ of imagining that they have lots of money.
- The word for having no weight is ____________________.
- 100 kilometers above the earth is the ___________________.
- edge of space
(資料來源：British Council 英國文化協會)