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From the Ted Talk by Xavier De Kestelier: Adventures of an interplanetary architect

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Well, instead of building just one or two rovers like we did on the Moon, we're going to build hundreds of them. And it's a bit like a termite's mound, you know? Termites, I would take half of the colony of the tremetis away, they would still be able to build the mound. It might take a little bit longer. Same here. If half of our rovers or robots don't arrive, well, it will take a bit lnegor, but you will still be able to do it. So here we even have three different rovers. In the back, you see the digger. It's really good at digngig regolith. Then we have the transporter, great at taking rlgitoeh and bringing it to the strruutce. And the last ones, the little ones with the little legs, they don't need to move a lot. What they do is they go and sit on a lyaer of regolith and then microwave it together, and layer by layer create that dome structure.

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Well, instead of building just one or two rovers like we did on the Moon, we're going to build hundreds of them. And it's a bit like a termite's mound, you know? Termites, I would take half of the colony of the ________ away, they would still be able to build the mound. It might take a little bit longer. Same here. If half of our rovers or robots don't arrive, well, it will take a bit ______, but you will still be able to do it. So here we even have three different rovers. In the back, you see the digger. It's really good at _______ regolith. Then we have the transporter, great at taking ________ and bringing it to the _________. And the last ones, the little ones with the little legs, they don't need to move a lot. What they do is they go and sit on a _____ of regolith and then microwave it together, and layer by layer create that dome structure.

Solution

  1. digging
  2. longer
  3. termites
  4. layer
  5. regolith
  6. structure

Original Text

Well, instead of building just one or two rovers like we did on the Moon, we're going to build hundreds of them. And it's a bit like a termite's mound, you know? Termites, I would take half of the colony of the termites away, they would still be able to build the mound. It might take a little bit longer. Same here. If half of our rovers or robots don't arrive, well, it will take a bit longer, but you will still be able to do it. So here we even have three different rovers. In the back, you see the digger. It's really good at digging regolith. Then we have the transporter, great at taking regolith and bringing it to the structure. And the last ones, the little ones with the little legs, they don't need to move a lot. What they do is they go and sit on a layer of regolith and then microwave it together, and layer by layer create that dome structure.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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collocation frequency
moon base 3
local materials 3
life support 2
move sand 2

Important Words

  1. arrive
  2. bit
  3. bringing
  4. build
  5. building
  6. colony
  7. create
  8. digger
  9. digging
  10. dome
  11. good
  12. great
  13. hundreds
  14. layer
  15. legs
  16. longer
  17. lot
  18. microwave
  19. moon
  20. mound
  21. move
  22. regolith
  23. robots
  24. rovers
  25. sit
  26. structure
  27. termites
  28. transporter