Your kids might live on Mars. Here's how they'll survive | Stephen Petranek

Important Vocabulary Words From The Video


The word preposterous means absurd, impossible. When you say something is preposterous, you are saying that it is impossible for that to be the case.

  • The idea of preposterous is to set something up so that it cannot possibly be true.
  • The preposterous idea was that he could fly.

To obliterate something is to destroy it completely. If you obliterate a building, you completely destroy it.

  • The army obliterated the village with their bombs.
  • The company obliterated their competition with their new product.

To prosper is to do well, to be successful. When you prosper, you make a lot of money, or you achieve something that you wanted to achieve.

  • The company prospered thanks to the new product.
  • The new plan succeeded in prospering the company.

A revolutionizing event is something that changes the way that things are usually done. It can be something as small as a new fashion trend to a much bigger change like a political revolution.

  • The new fashion trend is revolutionizing the way that women dress.
  • The new movie is revolutionizing the way that movies are made.

An orbiter is a spacecraft that orbits a planet or moon. The orbiters are used to study the planet or moon.

  • There are two orbiters orbiting Mars right now.
  • The orbiters are used to study the planet's atmosphere.

evaporating means to disappear or to reduce in size. The water in the pool is evaporating, which is why the pool is getting smaller and smaller.

  • The water in the pool is evaporating because the sun is shining on it.
  • The gas was evaporating, which is why the room was getting warmer and warmer.

Terraforming is the process of modifying a planet or planet-like body so that it can be inhabited by human beings. This can involve things like changing the climate, changing the environment, and adding new plants and animals.

  • The goal of terraforming is to make the planet habitable for human beings.
  • The goal of terraforming is to make the planet hospitable for human beings.

To sublime something is to make it more beautiful or sublime. When you sublime something, you make it more amazing or praiseworthy.

  • The painting was sublime, and the colors were beautiful.
  • The poem was sublime, and the author was very talented.

To thickens is to make something thicker. When you add milk to soup, for example, it thickens the soup.

  • The soup thickened when the milk was added.
  • The sauce thickened when the sugar was added.