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WORDS AND THEIR STORIES(29) - Rocket Scientist

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WORDS AND THEIR STORIES - Rocket Scientist
By Jerry Watson

Broadcast: Sunday, November 28, 2004

Hello, I'm Phil Marily with Words and Their Stories, a program in Special English.

You do not need to be a rocket scientist. Americans hear these words often. People say them in schools, offices and factories. Broadcasters on radio and television use them. This is how you might hear the words used.

Workers in an office are afraid to try to use their new computer system. Their employer1 tells them not to be foolish. "You do not need to be a rocket scientist to learn this," he says. Or high school students cannot seem to understand something their teacher is explaining. "Come on," she says, "you do not need to be a rocket scientist to understand this." Or a company that makes soap is trying to sell its product on television. " You do not need to be a rocket scientist to see that our soap cleans better." the company says. These words send a strong message. They say that you do not need to be extremely2 intelligent to understand something.

How did the expression begin? No one seems to know for sure. But an official of the American space agency--NASA says the expression just grew. "It grew," he says, " because rocket scientists probably are the most intelligent people around." Not everyone would agree. Some people might be considered more intelligent than rocket scientists.

For example, a person who speaks and reads 15 languages or a medical doctor who operates on the brain. Still many people would agree that there is something special about scientists who build rockets. Maybe it has to do with the mystery of space travel. Moving pictures from before World War Two showed a man named Buckrajors landing3 on the planet4 Mars5. He was a hero who could defeat any enemy from outer space.

The rocket scientist is a different kind of hero. He or she makes space travel possible. Rocket scientists however can have problems just like anyone else.

A Washington6 rocket scientist tells about a launch7 that was postponed8 many many times. Finally everything seemed ripe. Mechanical9 failures had been repaired, the weather was good, the scientists had planned that part of the rocket would fall into the ocean after the launch. All ships and boats within many kilometers of the danger area had been warned10. But in the last few seconds, a small boat entered the area. Once again the launch was postponed.

When the work goes well, most rocket scientists enjoy their jobs. One scientist said as a child I love to build rockets. Now I am grown, I still love to build rockets and now I get paid for it.

This program Words and Their Stories was written by Jerry Watson. I am Phil Marily.


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1 employer ItNzrt     
n.雇用方,雇主
参考例句:
  • My employer deducted ten pounds from my wages this week.我的雇主从我本周的工钱中扣除了十英镑。
  • His monthly salary is paid into the bank by his employer.他的月薪由雇主替他存入银行。
2 extremely 2tJzAz     
adv.极其,非常,极度
参考例句:
  • The film is extremely good,I just cannot miss it.这部电影太精彩了,我非看不可。
  • The old man was extremely difficult to get along with.这个老人极难相与。
3 landing wpwz3N     
n.登陆;着陆;楼梯平台
参考例句:
  • Owing to engine trouble,the plane had to make a forced landing.由于发动机出了毛病,飞机不得不进行迫降。
  • When are we landing?我们什么时候着陆?
4 planet A26z1     
n.行星
参考例句:
  • Neptune is the furthest planet from the sun. 海王星是离太阳最远的行星。
  • Rubbish, however, is only part of the problem of polluting our planet. 然而, 垃圾只是我们这个星球的污染问题的一个方面。
5 Mars 4oSz63     
n.火星,战争
参考例句:
  • As of now we don't know much about Mars.目前我们对火星还知之甚少。
  • He contended that there must be life on Mars.他坚信火星上面一定有生物。
6 Washington OeAzjC     
n.华盛顿特区(是美国首都)
参考例句:
  • His birthplace is Washington,but he lives in San Francisco.他出生于华盛顿,但住在旧金山。
  • They, together with my father,have gone to Washington.他们和我父亲一起去华盛顿了。
7 launch b29xY     
vt.发动,推出;发射;n.发射,下水,投产
参考例句:
  • The makers are about to launch out a new product.制造商们马上要生产一种新产品。
  • Would it be wise to launch into this rough sea?在这样汹涌的大海中游泳明智吗?
8 postponed 9dc016075e0da542aaa70e9f01bf4ab1     
vt.& vi.延期,缓办,(使)延迟vt.把…放在次要地位;[语]把…放在后面(或句尾)vi.(疟疾等)延缓发作(或复发)
参考例句:
  • The trial was postponed indefinitely. 审讯无限期延迟。
  • The game has already been postponed three times. 这场比赛已经三度延期了。
9 mechanical YCDxt     
adj.机械(学)的;力学的;机械似的;手工操作的
参考例句:
  • He borrowed a mechanical book from me.他从我这儿借了一本力学方面的书。
  • He looks very mechanical.他看上去非常呆板。
10 warned 47ff9951b01a6b094431ff82dc68e266     
v.警告( warn的过去式和过去分词 );提醒;告诫;预先通知
参考例句:
  • Motorists have been warned to beware of icy roads. 已经提醒开车的人当心冰封的路面。
  • I've warned her countless times. 我警告过她无数次了。
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