The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) confirmed last week that actor Tom Cruise will be filming his next Hollywood blockbuster in space. The Mission Impossible superstar plans to fly through the atmosphere to shoot a film on the International Space Station (ISS), hoping to become the first actor to achieve this.
“NASA is excited to work with @TomCruise on a film aboard the @Space_Station!,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine wrote on his Twitter page, adding that the move could “inspire a new generation of engineers and scientists” to make NASA’s ambitious plans for space travel a reality. According to online news site Deadline, tech mogul Elon Musk’s rocket company SpaceX has been attached to this project.
The ISS orbits at 400km above the Earth’s surface. In March, SpaceX announced that it will partner with Axiom Space to launch a spaceflight to the ISS next year. Tourists will be carried on SpaceX’s “Crew Dragon” capsule, and a ticket for the trip costs US$55 million (about NT$1.7 billion).
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(Eddy Chang, Taipei Times)
1. aeronautics n. 航空學 (hang2 kong1 xue2)
2. inspire v. 激勵、啟發 (ji1 li4, qi3 fa1)
3. orbit v. 繞行 (rao4 xing2)
4. spaceflight n. 太空飛行 (tai4 kong1 fei1 xing2)
5. capsule n. 太空艙(tai4 kong1 cang1)
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