SpaceX's Supersized Starship Rocket and the Future of Galactic Exploration | Jennifer Heldmann | TED

Important Vocabulary Words From The Video


A flyby is a quick look at something. Sometimes astronauts will fly by Earth to take pictures or to measure how fast the planet is moving.

  • They were treated to a flyby of the moon as they were flying over it.
  • The astronauts were treated to a flyby of the planet Mars as they were flying by.

A submarine is a boat that is designed to go under the water. It is usually made of metal and has a number of different chambers that it can use to stay underwater.

  • The submersibles are used to explore the ocean floor.
  • The submersibles are used to collect samples from the ocean floor.

A geyser is a fountain or spout of water that erupts from the ground. They are usually located in hot, dry areas, and they are usually named for the location where they are found.

  • The geysers in Yellowstone National Park are famous for their erupting behavior.
  • The geysers in Iceland are famous for their beautiful colors.

Exoplanets are planets that are not located in our own solar system. They are usually found by using a telescope to look for signs of life.

  • There are over 200 known exoplanets, and we are still finding new ones every day.
  • We are still trying to find evidence that proves that humans are capable of living on an exoplanet.

A starship is a large vehicle that is used for space travel. They are usually divided into different sections, including the engine room, the bridge, and the living quarters.

  • The ship is going to be using its engines to launch its starships.
  • I would like to see the starships that are going to be participating in the parade.

To say that something is cushy is to describe it as comfortable or pleasant. cushy is often used to describe things like seats, beds, or chairs.

  • The cushy seat made it easy for her to fall asleep.
  • The cushy bed made it easy for her to get comfortable.

Unforgiving means that you are not willing to forgive someone. If someone is unforgiving, they are likely to hold a grudge against that person and to never forgive them.

  • The unforgiving person will never forgive the other person for what happened.
  • The unforgiving person is always angry and bitter.

A backhoe is a type of machine that is used to dig holes in the ground. Backhoes are often used to build roads, dig trenches, and remove rocks.

  • The backhoe was too large for the job, so the contractor had to hire a smaller backhoe instead.
  • The contractor plans to use the backhoe to remove the rocks from the road.