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American Businessman Announces Plans for Mars Colony
Businessman Elon Musk says his company is building a powerful, (1)________________________ and a spaceship that may travel to the planet Mars.
The spacecraft would (2)_________________ take as many as 100 people and their equipment to the red planet, he said.
The (3)_________________ his plan on Tuesday at the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Elon Musk is the founder of the American company SpaceX. It designs, (4)______________________ rockets and spacecraft.
During his speech in Mexico, Musk did not talk about the (5)_____________________ of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and the satellite it was carrying.
But Musk did say he (6)__________________ a city on Mars. He said the (7)_________________ would be able to support itself -- complete with the ability to make iron, as well as pizzas.
Musk wants (8)_________________ to be able to live on more than just one planet. And he said the best way to do that is to (9)______________ Mars. He wants many people to be able to travel to the red planet.
“Really the key is (10)_________________ to almost anyone who wants to go...”
Reusing rockets and spaceships will help (11)_________________ for each person, he explained. The spaceships would also be able to (12)______________________. He suggested the production of methane and oxygen on Mars would provide fuel for the trip back home.
Musk says a (13)___________________ on the planet would require about 1 million people. (14)_________________ and to build the colony, it would take between 40 and 100 years -- or about 10,000 flights with 100 people per flight.
Musk said the trip (15)_________________ 80 and 150 days. Eventually, the cost would go down.
“The very first flights will be fairly expensive, but (16)________________ allows for a cost per ticket of less than $200,000.”
No date has been set for the first flight. But Musk said he wanted to send the first (17)___________________ to Mars by 2024. He added that he plans to start transporting supplies to the planet as soon as 2018.
Musk invited other companies to join the Mars effort, which (18)________________________ about a $10 billion investment.
The American space agency NASA has its own program for (19)_____________________ to Mars. NASA will be using its own equipment. Currently, the space agency does use Space X for taking supplies to the International Space Station.
Musk, a (20)____________________, is also known for his Tesla Motors company, which makes electric cars.
I’m Anne Ball.
George Putic wrote this story for VOA News. Anne Ball wrote it for Learning English. George Grow was the editor.
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Words in This Story

entrepreneur – n. a person who starts a business and is willing to risk loss in order to make money
affordable – adj. to be able to pay for something
architecture – n. the method or style of building
expensive – adj. costing a lot of money
ticket – n. a piece of paper that allows you to travel on a vehicle
mission – n. a job that someone is given to do

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