astronaut [aestranoit] n.
An astronaut is a person that goes into outer space.
-* The astronaut was walking on the moon.
r awake [aweik] adj.
When you are awake, you are not asleep.
-*■Sometimes I lay awake in bed because I am not tired.
r courage [ka:nd3] n.
When you have courage, you are not afraid.
-*•The man had the courage to touch the lion.
r float [flout] V.
To float is to move on top of water without sinking.
-*•The boy’s toy boat floated in the pool.
r grant [graent] v.
To grant something is to allow someone to have it.
-* The teacher granted us a break after studying hard all day.
r gravity [graevati] n.
Gravity is the force that makes things fall to Earth.
-*•There is no gravity in space.
r jewel [d3u:el] n.
A jewel is a beautiful stone that is worth a lot of money.
-»A diamond is one of the most expensive jewels in the world.
C miner [mainar] n.
A miner is a person who works in a mine.
-►The miner was looking for gold.
r mineral [mineral] n.
A mineral is a type of substance found in the Earth.
-*■Rocks are made up of different kinds ofminerals.
r participate [pa:rtisepeit] v.
To participate is to take part in something.
-* The students participated in the school play
permission [peimmjsn] n.
Permission means the act of allowing the doing of something.
-»I have permission to drive my mom’s car.
r pour [pox] v.
To pour a liquid means to make it come out of a container.
-*I poured some milk into my sister’s cup.
C presence [prezans] n.
Someone or something’s presence is the fact they are there.
-+The presence of dark clouds meant it would rain.
raw [ro:] adj.
If a material is raw, it is natural and has not been processed.
->The company dumped raw sewage into the river.
C* S a t e llit e [saetelait] n.
A satellite is something that is sent into space to get information.
-* The satellite was traveling around the earth.
C scale [skeil] n.
The scale of something is its size, especially when it is very large.
-»I was surprised by the scale of the buildings in the downtown area.
C skip [skip] V.
To skip something is to not do it.
-* He skipped work to get more sleep.
r stretch [stretj] *
To stretch is to make your arms or legs reach out.
-♦She stretched her body before exercising.
c telescope [telaskdup] n.
A telescope is a tool people use to look at the stars.
-» With a telescope, you can see the moon and stars easily.
r underground [Andargraund] adv.
When something is underground, it is below the surface of the Earth.
-►Subway trains travel underground.


From the Earth
to the Stars
Jeremy was from a family of miners. Like them, he worked underground
during the day. His job was to gather raw minerals and jewels. Each night after
work, he lay awake in an open field. With his telescope, he looked at the stars.
He was amazed by the scale of space. He wished someday he might travel there.
One day there was an accident in the mine. Water poured into the mine.
Everything was dark. Jeremy stretched out and grabbed a piece of wood. It kept
him from sinking. Jeremy felt a presence nearby.
“ I am an angel,” said a voice.
“What?” Jeremy exclaimed.
“You must never come underground again. Have the courage to make your
wishes come true.”
For a long time he floated in silence. Then he heard other voices. The other
miners were coming to rescue him.
The next day Jeremy skipped work. He decided to become an astronaut.
For the next two years, he studied hard. One day, he was given permission to
participate in a mission to space. His wish had been granted.
His spaceship left the ground. It went higher until there was no
more gravity. He saw satellites floating next to the
ship.
Then Jeremy saw a beautiful angel outside
his spaceship. It smiled at Jeremy. For some
minutes, Jeremy could not speak. Finally, he
said, “Thankyou.”