Virgin Galactic is a company. It wants to take people to space for money.
The company has a new spaceship. It shows it to people for the first time. A baby girl christens the spaceship. She is the granddaughter of the company’s boss.
The spaceship is for six passengers and two pilots. It can go up to 100 kilometres. At 100 kilometres above the ground, you are in space. You can watch the earth from there.
You cannot go to space now. You must wait. Virgin Galactic must test the spaceship. 700 people already want to go. One ticket costs $250,000.
Difficult words: company (a business), spaceship (a plane which goes to space), christen (to give name to).
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Virgin Galactic is one of many companies which is trying to commercialize quick trips to space. The boss of Virgin Galactic recently unveiled its new spaceship. The boss’s baby granddaughter even christened the spaceship with a bottle of milk.
The spaceship is for six passengers and two pilots, and people designed it to reach 100 kilometres. From there, passengers will be able to see Earth against the blackness of space.
One space ticket will cost $250,000, but 700 people are already interested in going up.
Difficult words: commercialize (to make money from something), unveil (to show people for the first time), christen (to give name to).
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The shiny new Virgin Galactic has been unveiled. Standing tall and proud, the gleaming aircraft marked Virgin’s CEO‘s Richard Branson’s return to the space race. Virgin Galactic is one of many companies competing to commercialize quick trips to space.
“Everyone’s worked so hard to build this spaceship and we’re really proud of the team. I mean, it’s… And my God, isn’t it beautiful?”
And to add a sentimental twist to the aircraft’s unveiling, the vessel was christened with a bottle of milk by Branson’s baby granddaughter. The two-pilot, six-passenger spaceship is designed to reach altitudes of 62 miles (100 kilometres), which will give its passengers a unique view of Earth set against the blackness of space. And 700 people have already signed up to this out-of-this-world experience, forking out an impressive $250,000 for the pleasure.
How long til we can hop over to outer space?
“The safety experts will tell me when, when they feel it’s a hundred per cent safe for us to fly, and then for people to fly and I will try to resist the urge to say, “I want to go to space!”
By the sounds of it, the prospect of popping over to space isn’t too far off!
Difficult words: unveil (to show people for the first time), gleaming (shining), CEO (a chief executive officer, the boss of a company), sentimental (emotional), twist (an element, an atmosphere), altitude (the height), vessel (a ship), fork out (to pay money for something), urge (a strong feeling of wanting to do something), prospect (a possibility).