高中进阶新闻万花筒:冒险家计划以气球为工具飞越大西洋【上海学生英文报】

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编辑点评: 你有没有看过电影《飞屋环游记》呢?你羡不羡慕主角那栋会飞的小房子呢?今天就有一位冒险家用现实版的飞屋在墨西哥莱昂热气球节“试飞”。他还计划在明年夏天用365个氦气球横穿大西洋。严肃声明:本声系列文章由《上海学生英文报》独家授权,如无授权,请勿转载。

Up, Up, and Away!
上,上,走!

An adventurer who became the first person to fly across the English Channel on a cluster (簇) of balloons has launched a house into the sky just like in the hit movie Up—in preparation for a more ambitious journey.
首位坐一簇热气球横穿英吉利海峡的冒险者用气球带动一所房子飞上蓝天,就像热门电影《飞屋环游记》中那样。而他正在准备一个更加雄心勃勃的旅程。

Fearless Jonathan Trappe, from North Carolina (美国北卡罗来纳州), stepped into the cartoon themed home before soaring above the Leon International Balloon Festival in Mexico more than a week ago.
2个多月前,来自美国北卡罗来纳州的乔纳森·特拉佩无所畏惧,在墨西哥莱昂国际热气球节升空时,进入了他以卡通为主题的房子“试飞”。

The 38-year-old was using the event as a warm-up for his planned trans-Atlantic flight scheduled for next summer. He aims to complete the 2,500-mile journey in a seven-foot lifeboat carried by 365 huge helium (氦气) balloons.
38岁的乔纳森用热气球节作为他明年夏天飞跃大西洋计划的热身。他的目标是乘坐用365个氦气球吊起的7英尺长的救生艇,完成2500英里的旅程。

The daredevil (胆大的人) is learning to sail a lifeboat, in case he needs to ditch (在海中迫降) into the ocean during the danger-filled mission.
这个大胆的人正在学驾驶救生艇,以防他在进行危险任务时可能会需要在海中迫降。

He will fly at between 18,000 feet and 25,000 feet, beating his previous world altitude record of 21,600 feet, and must fly uninterrupted a distance ten times longer than his previous world record of 230 miles in order to succeed.
他将在一万八千英尺到两万五千英尺间飞行,以打败他先前两万一千六百英尺的世界纪录,并且为了取得成功,他必须不间断的完成比他上次的230英里长10倍距离的旅程。

The adventurer, who holds records for crossing the Alps, flying the most cluster balloons, and the longest distance, has spent his entire career building up to the ambitious mission.
这个冒险家是穿越阿尔卑斯山和用最多的气球飞越最长距离的记录保持者,他用以前所有的飞行来为这个野心勃勃的计划做准备。

“I didn’t wake up one day and think: ‘I’m going to fly across the Atlantic,’”he said. “Every attempt before this was geared towards this flight. I’ve been training for a long time.”
“我不是某天早上醒来,然后想着‘我将要飞越大西洋’”,他说,“之前的每一次尝试都是针对这一次飞行,我已经训练很长一段时间了。”

Question
Which one is Jonathan Trappe's previous world altitude record?
A 18, 000
B 21, 600
C 25, 000
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