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What’s Next?
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Activity 3
WB p. 84

What’s Next?

Group 1

Stephen Hawking

Sending humans to the moon changed the future of the human race in ways that we don’t yet understand. It hasn’t solved any of our immediate problems on planet Earth, but it has given us new perspectives on them and caused us to look both outward and inward. I believe that the long term future of the human race must be space and that it represents an important life insurance for our future survival, as it could prevent the disappearance of humanity by colonising other planets.
Stephen Hawking, 2015.

Stephen Hawking giving a lecture for NASA’s 50th anniversary, 2008.

Group 2

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Group 3

Vous devez disposer d'une connexion internet pour accéder à cette ressource.

Launch Lander, Mars One

Group 4

Astrochemistry representation, by NASA / Jenny Mottar.

The Genesis Project Plans To Use Robots To Seed The Galaxy With Life

There’s a plan to send microbial life to habitable alien worlds. [...]

[R]obotic missions equipped with gene factories (or cryogenic pods) could be used to distribute microbial life to “transiently habitable exoplanets”. [...]

Exoplanets come in all sizes, temperatures and compositions. The purpose of the Genesis Project is to offer terrestrial life alternative evolutionary pathways on those exoplanets that are potentially habitable but yet lifeless. The basic philosophy of most scientists nowadays is that simple life is common in the universe and complex life is rare. We don’t know that for sure, but at the moment, that is the consensus.

If you had good conditions, simple life can develop very fast, but complex life will have a hard time. At least on Earth, it took a very long time for complex life to arrive. The Cambrian Explosion only happened about 500 million years ago, roughly 4 billion years after Earth was formed. If we give planets the opportunity to fast forward evolution, we can give them the chance to have their own Cambrian Explosions.

“The Genesis Project Plans To Use Robots To Seed The Galaxy With Life”, Universe Today,, 2017.

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You are in charge of one group of documents.

Workbook p. 83

Look at the picture. What do you expect to learn about?


a. What does your document offer as a plan for the future? What do you think of this vision?

b. Go online to learn more about the project.

Useful vocabulary: The idea is to... The project was created in… The core mission is… It focuses on… The ultimate goal would be to…
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Let's talk this out!

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Share your findings and learn about the other documents.


a. Why should we colonize other planets?

b. Discuss as a group to decide which project seems the most viable.

Would you be prepared to spend the rest of your life on another planet? Under what circumstances?

Useful vocabulary: I think / don’t think we should… I would love to… No way would I… I reckon the most viable project is…
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  • ambitious (adj.)
  • long-term / short-term (adj.)
  • sound breaking (adj.)
  • sustainable (adj.)
  • solve a problem (exp.)
  • necessity (n.)
  • pioneer (n.)
  • survival (n.)
  • anticipate (v.)
  • explore / conquer (v.)

Grammar in progress


Observez le mot en gras dans le texte du Group 1. La forme V-ing (appelée aussi gérondif) transforme le verbe en nom. On passe d’une idée très générale à une action concrète : « le fait de… ». Dès lors, on peut se servir de V-ing comme sujet ou complément.
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Let’s learn!

Slap the board

Which words belong to which documents?

    Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4

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    On your way to the task ❯❯ Step 2

    Have Your Say!

    Let’s use what you have learnt in !

    As a student, you share your reaction to one of these projects by posting a comment on the project or event website. You can support or oppose it and consider the future of space exploration.

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