Answer Key: 1st Mars Colonists Should Be Prepared to Die

Lesson Plan: 1st Mars Colonists Should Be Prepared to Die 

While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. ferry |ˈferē| verb (ferries, ferrying, ferried) [ with obj. ] transport from one place to another on short or regular trips: helicopters ferried 4,000 men into the desert.
  2. simultaneously |ˌsīməlˈtānēəslē| adverb -at the same time: the telethon was broadcast simultaneously on 31 US networks. it works simultaneously as character study, teen drama and sci-fi thriller.
  3. naïve |nīˈēv| adjective -(of a person or action) showing a lack of experience, wisdom, or judgment: the rather naive young man had been totally misled.
  4. fatality |fāˈtalədēfəˈ noun-an occurrence of death by accident, in war, or from disease: shooting was heard and there were fatalities.
  5. teleconference |ˈteləˌkänf(ə)rəns| noun-a conference with participants in different locations linked by telecommunications devices.
  6. vanguard |ˈvanˌɡärd| noun-a group of people leading the way in new developments or ideas: the experimental spirit of the modernist vanguard.
  7. colonize |ˈkäləˌnīz| verb-(of a country or its citizens) send a group of settlers to (a place) and establish political control over it.
  8. reiterate |rēˈidəˌrāt| verb [ reporting verb ]say something again or a number of times, typically for emphasis or clarity: she reiterated that the administration would remain steadfast in its support .
  9. extinction|ikˈstiNG(k)SH(ə)n| noun-the state or process of a species, family, or larger group being or becoming extinct: the extinction of the great auk| mass extinctions.
  10. incredible |inˈkredəb(ə)l| adjective-impossible to believe: an almost incredible tale of triumph and tragedy.

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary

Reading Comprehension


Musk has long said that he founded SpaceX in 2002 chiefly to help humanity colonize Mars. Becoming a multiplanet species would serve as an insurance policy, minimizing the risk of humanity’s extinction should something terrible happen on Earth.

Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage


The first journey to Mars is going to be really dangerous.


It’s worth the risk to become a multiplanetary species.


Life needs to be more than just solving problems.