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Space Tourism

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Do you want to go into space? If you answered "yes," then you're not alone. According to an Internet survey, more than 70% of people want to visit space for two weeks or less. Many would want to walk in space too, and a few would want to stay in a hotel there.

Unfortunately, space tourism is only available to the super rich. Many companies are working to make space tourism a possibility, yet the costs remain far too high for the average person. For example, tourists can expect to pay $200,000 or more just for a flight lasting a few hours. The costs to stay in space for a day or longer would cost millions of dollars. Experts argue that costs will drop as technology improves. However, the days of a family vacation in space are probably very far away.

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Warm Up: Discuss the question with your partner for five minutes.

  1. Where did you go for your last vacation? How was it? Please explain.

Comprehension Questions: Answer the questions before/after your read the article.

  1. Most people interview want to visit space for two weeks or more.  T / F
  2. It will cost $1,000,000 to stay in space for one day.  T / F

Summarization: Summarize the article with a partner. Try to do so with only two or three sentences.

Discuss: Discuss these questions with a partner. Remember to support your answers.

  1. Do you want to go into space? Why/not?
  2. How long would you want to stay in space, assuming money weren't a concern?
  3. Do you think vacations in space will become common in your lifetime? Why/not?

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