012 - Expression: It's Not Rocket Science


In this expression episode, you'll learn how to use the common English expression IT'S NOT ROCKET SCIENCE and you'll learn all about NASA.

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By Shana Thompson

"We shall send to the moon, two hundred and forty thousand miles away, a giant rocket more than 300 feet tall, on an untried mission, to an unknown celestial body and then return it safely to Earth. But why – some say – the moon? Why choose this is as our goal? And they may well ask, why climb the highest mountain? Why, thirty-five years ago fly the Atlantic? 

We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things. Not because they are easy, but because they are hard."


Hi everyone! In that introduction you heard President John F. Kennedy expressing his commitment to land on the moon by the end of the 1960s. I’ll post the link to the full speech within the transcript. As you probably know, John F. Kennedy’s or JFK’s, mission was a success, or if you’re a conspiracy theorist maybe you think no man nor woman has ever landed on the moon. To each his own. In this lesson, we’re going to be talking about what it was like to be one of the first astronauts in space as well as NASA’s achievements in space exploration…

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