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White Knight 2 - the aircraft to carry the spaceship for day-trips to space
This plane, White Knight 2, will carry a craft to take day-trippers to space
 

Day trip with a difference

 

Day trips are fun ways to spend a day! In this programme Callum and Neil look at the opportunity to take a day trip which is literally out of this world. If you can afford it, you can now book a ticket for trip into space.

This week's question: Which planet is mostly closest to Earth?

a) Mars
b) Venus
c) Jupiter

Listen out for the answer to this question at the end of the programme!


Listen

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Vocabulary from the programme

a day trip
a short holiday, going somewhere and coming back on the same day

a day-tripper
someone who goes on day trips

under-wraps
kept secret

to glimpse
to see something but only for a short time or not completely. Also a noun.

Examples:
"If you're lucky you might catch a glimpse of some dolphins in the bay."
"I glimpsed the president when his car whizzed past."

weightlessness
the experience of not having weight, for example when in space

Example:
"If you take a day trip to space you will experience weightlessness."

stunning
fantastic, amazing

Example:
"From space there are stunning views of Earth."



Extras
download audioDownload this programme (mp3 - 2.9 MB)
download scriptProgramme script (pdf - 46 K)

Related Links
Virgin unveils spaceship designs (BBC News)
New era of space tourism unveiled (BBC News video)
Virgin Galactic*
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