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CNN 2011-04-11

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Gagarin went into space on a Soviet1 rocket. Shephard and Armstrong went up in U.S. spacecraft. Tito rode on a Russian vehicle. But all of those were government-run space agencies. With the space shuttle program getting ready to end, NASA is turning to outside companies to take over future flights. John Zarrella checks out how this new space race is going.

Elon Musk2 is like a big kid with a new toy.

We designed this to be super tough. I mean, you can beat the snot out of it and it will still work.

Musk’s toy just happens to be a spacecraft. He sunk one hundred million of his own money into developing it. We caught up with Musk and his Dragon capsule in Washington, D.C. where it was on display the first commercially owned vehicle to ever circle the earth and land safely back.

The guy who was the chief designer of the 747, when he saw that thing take off he says, I can’t believe it works.

You say the same thing don’t you.

That’s how I feel!

Musk’s company, Space X, is considered the leader in what is quickly becoming a commercial race to space.

Races are good.

There’s little doubt the race is now on. ATK, the company that builds the Shuttle’s Solid Rocket Boosters announced it’s going to build a rocket called Liberty, bigger ATK boasts, than Musk’s Falcon3 9. And this month, NASA is expected to announce the names of half a dozen commercial companies getting seed money to start developing vehicles to replace Shuttle for carrying astronauts to the International space station.

Ideally we would like to have multiple competitors who come down to at least two that we can use so that we always have an alternative should one faultier or one fail.

The Space X Dragon would be modified to carry astronauts.

It’s highly likely that we will get one of the contracts from NASA to launch astronauts and I’m also confident we will be the first to do so.

Space X already has a contract for a dozen cargo4 flights to the Station starting next year. This summer, the company expects to make its last Dragon test flight which is likely to be a docking with the Space Station. And as long as you’re going don’t show up empty handed.

We’re carrying mostly food and water. That’s stuff that has high value once you’re in orbit but if you blow-up a cheese burger, it’s not that bad.

Musk says despite the successes so far, a failure along the way would not be a surprise. This is after all, rocket science. John Zarrella, CNN Washington.


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1 Soviet Sw9wR     
adj.苏联的,苏维埃的;n.苏维埃
参考例句:
  • Zhukov was a marshal of the former Soviet Union.朱可夫是前苏联的一位元帅。
  • Germany began to attack the Soviet Union in 1941.德国在1941年开始进攻苏联。
2 musk v6pzO     
n.麝香, 能发出麝香的各种各样的植物,香猫
参考例句:
  • Musk is used for perfume and stimulant.麝香可以用作香料和兴奋剂。
  • She scented her clothes with musk.她用麝香使衣服充满了香味。
3 falcon rhCzO     
n.隼,猎鹰
参考例句:
  • The falcon was twice his size with pouted feathers.鹰张开羽毛比两只鹰还大。
  • The boys went hunting with their falcon.男孩子们带着猎鹰出去打猎了。
4 cargo 6TcyG     
n.(一只船或一架飞机运载的)货物
参考例句:
  • The ship has a cargo of about 200 ton.这条船大约有200吨的货物。
  • A lot of people discharged the cargo from a ship.许多人从船上卸下货物。
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