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One-way ticket to Mars

Martian landscape

Would you like a room with this view? Picture: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

A company from the Netherlands is planning to send a group of people on a one-way trip to the planet Mars.

Callum and Jennifer learn what kind of people are needed to take part in such a mission.

This week's question:

How big is Mars compared to the Earth?

a: Mars is bigger

b: They are about the same size

c: Mars is smaller

Listen out for the answer at the end of the programme.


One-way ticket to Mars

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a one-way journey

a trip from which you don't return immediately, or in this case, at all

to settle (somewhere)

to be the first people to establish a community in a new place



to jump at the opportunity (to do something)

to be very enthusiastic about doing something


clever, intelligent

to be stranded (somewhere)

to be unable to leave a place

an uninhabited island

an island where nobody lives

to finance (something)

to raise the money to make something possible

reality TV

a form of television show where people are filmed while living their lives, often in unusual places and situations



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