It's a long time since men last went
to the Moon; but there are now people living all the time in the
Russian space station Mir. Today, space is just for astronauts: but
soon ordinary people will be able to enjoy the experience.... if they
can afford it.
When you're 50, what sort of holiday
will you want to take?
If you're under 30 today, perhaps you'll
be able to take a holiday in space!
A Japanese company, Shimizu, plans to
open the first hotel in space within
They want to offer 3-day holidays in a
space station, which will be bigger than the International Space Station. However,
holidays in space will be very expensive! About 90,000 dollars for
three days! Shimizu believe that there are enough people who will be
ready to pay the price.
, in Japan and
the USA, want to open hotels on the moon! Trips
to the moon
will be even more expensive!
The Japanese firm is quite serious; but
they cannot yet start building their orbiting hotel.
First they will have to buy a commercial
Today there are no shuttles. The old American shuttles, such as
Atlantis and Columbia, were very expensive to launch
. They had to
be launched into orbit with a big rocket which cannot be re-used.
Tomorrow's shuttles will take
and land on
, probably like aeroplanes. They will therefore
be much more economical.
shuttles do not yet exist; the Americans are working on them, but they
will not be ready for several years.
However, there are other big
difficulties too. How will ordinary people react to
space? Today's astronauts spend months training before going into
space. They have to be in top form too.
Holidays in space will not be for
tomorrow, that is certain; but they will come. That is virtually
no more than - firms:
companies - trip:
voyage - shuttle:
vehicle that goes into space then comes back again - launch:
into space - take off:
the earth - land:
to earth - on their own:
any assistance, by themselves
- such shuttles:
shuttles like this - react to:
to - .
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Holidays in Space
Article or no article?
Put back the articles (the, a
) into this extract from the
article when they are necessary. Be careful; sometimes there
must not be any article. But when?
They want to offer 3-day holidays in _______ space station, which will be bigger
than _______ International Space Station. However, _______ holidays in
_______ space will be very expensive! About 90,000 dollars for three
days! Shimizu believe that there are enough people who will be ready to
pay _______ price.
Other firms, in _______ Japan
and _______ USA, want to open _______ hotels
on _______ moon! Trips to _______ moon will
be even more expensive!
_______ Japanese firm is quite
serious; but they cannot yet start building their orbiting hotel.
First they will have to buy _______
commercial re-usable shuttle. Today there are no
shuttles. _______ old American shuttles, such as Atlantis and
Columbia, were very expensive to launch. They had to be launched into
_______ orbit with _______ big rocket which cannot be re-used.
Tomorrow's shuttles will take off and land on their own, probably like
Ideas for teachers
Holidays in Space
It may be useful to remind students first when articles
are required in English, and when they should not be used.
Check usage in the Linguapress online grammar: Articles
Have pupils write a couple of sentences on
the subject; Why I
would/would not like to take a holiday in Space.
Then write up on the board all the
advantages and all the disadvantages of taking a holiday in Space.
EFL teachers: Help develop this resource by contributing extra teaching
materials or exercises.
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