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Jason takes a Moon Walk



Jason takes a Moon Walk
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.3

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     challenging words:    compounds, communication, nuclear, fusion, subspace, various, credit, fuel, power, equipment, signal, policy, photo, exploration, tests, gathering
     content words:    Permanent Human Colony


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Jason takes a Moon Walk
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     Photo credit: NASA
 
2     Tim rushed into the communications room at the PHC. He had been looking forward to this moment all week. He had an appointment to use the subspace communications equipment. He wanted to talk to his cousin Jason, who was living on a moon colony.
 
3     Tim lived on a colony that was on the ocean floor. It was called PHC, which was short for Permanent Human Colony. His father was the director of the facility, and Tim and the rest of his family had lived here for a long time.
 
4     Tim was glad that the communication equipment was so much more improved over what it had been just a few years ago. He could talk to Jason almost anytime he wanted to now, as long as the equipment was not needed for something else. It was still necessary to make an appointment, but Tim didn't mind that at all.
 
5     After entering the necessary information into the computer, Tim sat back and waited for the connection with Jason's equipment to be made. The signal had to be relayed through several stations and satellites before it made it to Jason on the moon.
 
6     Finally, Jason was talking to Tim, and because he was so excited, Tim could hardly understand him. "Slow down, Jason. I can't understand you when you talk so fast. What was that about walking on the moon?" asked Tim.
 
7     "I just said that I have been selected by my class to be the one to go on an exercise where we will walk on the surface of the moon. Most of the scientists here have been on the surface many times, but those of us who are students never get to go outside the colony," said Jason.
 
8     "Boy, tell me about it. I have been trying to get Dad to let me go out and work outside our colony ever since we got here. It is against policy for children to go out to the ocean floor," said Tim with disgust.

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