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The 100-Year Starship project that plans to transport humans beyond the solar system
百年星艦計畫擬載人到太陽系之外

Star Trek fans walk through the exhibition hall at the “Destination Star Trek London” convention in London on Oct. 19.
一位《星際爭霸戰》影迷十月十九日行經倫敦舉辦「星際爭霸戰倫敦終點站」大會的會場。

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A dramatic plan to transport humans beyond the solar system within 100 years today received the backing of former US President Bill Clinton.

The 100-Year Starship project, which was set up with US military seed funding, plans to develop huge “starships” to send humans far into space.

It has already received large amounts of funding, and Clinton has even stepped in to serve as the symposium’s Honorary Chair.

In a statement, he said, “This important effort helps advance the knowledge and technologies required to explore space, all while generating the necessary tools that enhance our quality of life on earth.”

The astronaut who became the first black woman in space in 1992 has been chosen to skipper the 100-Year Starship project. Mae Jemison will lead the project to explore what it would take for a multigenerational mission beyond the solar system.

“The 100-Year Starship will make the capability of human travel beyond our solar system to another star a reality over the next 100 years,” she said.

(Liberty Times)

一項引人注目的計畫今天獲得了(美國)前總統柯林頓的支持,那就是在一百年內載人到太陽系之外。

這項百年星艦計畫是用美軍的種子基金創立的,將開發大型「星艦」,把人類送往太空深處。

該計畫已得到大批資金資助,前總統柯林頓甚至還出馬擔任研討會的名譽主席。

柯林頓在聲明中說:「這項重要的努力有助增進探索太空的知識和技術,還能讓我們生產出提高地球上人們生活品質的必需工具。」

在一九九二年進入太空的首位黑人女太空人已被選為「百年星艦」計畫的領隊。梅.傑米森將帶領這個計畫,探索一項太陽系之外、需要數代人的任務。

「在未來一百年內,百年星艦計畫會讓人類衝出太陽系,飛往其他星球的夢想成真」,她說。

(自由時報/翻譯:陳成良)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. dramatic adj.

引人注目的;戲劇性的 (yin3 ren2 zhu4 mu4 de5; xi4 ju4 xing4 de5)

例: The current situation is now undergoing a dramatic change.

(當今情勢正歷經一場戲劇性的變化。)

2. symposium n.

研討會 (yan2 tao3 hui4)

例: I have attended a large number of symposiums.

(我參加了不少研討會。)

3. skipper v.

擔任領隊;帶領 (dan1 ren4 ling3 dui4; dai4 ling3)

例: He skippered the team to victory.

(他帶領全隊一路贏得了勝利。)


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