II. While Reading Activities: Word Inference
- glamping |ˈɡlampɪŋ| noun [mass noun] British informal a form of camping involving accommodation and facilities more luxurious than those associated with traditional camping: glamping is likely to satisfy any city slicker seeking a little refuge in nature—without foregoing any of life’s luxuries.
- circumambulate |ˌsərkəmˈambyəlāt| verb [with object] formal walk all the way around (something): they used to circumambulate the perimeter wall.
- mock-up |ˈmäk ˌəp| (also mockup) noun-a model or replica of a machine or structure, used for instructional or experimental purposes.
- Claustrophobia ˌklôstrəˈfōbēə| noun-extreme or irrational fear of confined places.
- pod |päd| noun[ –a detachable or self-contained unit on an aircraft, spacecraft, vehicle, or vessel, having a particular function: the torpedo’s sensor pod contains a television camera.
- outpost |ˈoutˌpōst| noun-something regarded as an isolated or remote branch of something: the community is the last outpost of civilization in the far north.
- medical exam noun- an examination to determine someone’s physical health.
- mettle |ˈmedl| noun – a person’s ability to cope well with difficulties or to face a demanding situation in a spirited and resilient way: the team showed their true mettle in the second half.
- quaintly |ˈkwāntlē| adverb-in an attractively unusual or old-fashioned manner: quaintly named cottages | the menu still refers, quaintly, to feathered and furred game.
- species |ˈspēsēzˈspēSHēz| noun (plural same) 1 (abbreviation sp., spp.) Biology a group of living organisms consisting of similar individuals capable of exchanging genes or interbreeding. The species is the principal natural taxonomic unit, ranking below a genus and denoted by a Latin binomial, e.g., Homo sapiens.
Reading Comprehension: Fill-ins
Axiom guests will be required to wear a NASA-grade spacesuit for the rocket ride to and from the station. (Features include a fiberglass torso and a drink tube for consuming small sips of water. Also, a diaper.)
Grammar Focus: Word -Recognition
To understand the grand scale of Axiom’s plans, it helps to know that astronauts have, thus far, largely been roughing it up there. The Johnson Space Center contains a life-size mock-up of the ISS, whose drab, beige interior is lined with drab, gray handholds to tether down things and people, necessary given the lack of gravity. A tour guide quaintly referred to the onboard bathroom as a “potty.” There are no showers.