‘What are these?’
‘Long–range spaceships, Mother. They’re planning an expedition to a neighbouring galaxy.’
She screwed up her eyes to look at the rockets where assembly men were busy. They looked quite small from a distance.
She said quietly: ‘Why should people go off into the unknown? Why ask for trouble?’
‘These are very reliable spaceships, Mother!
The astronaut's mother enquired her son about the two spaceships, to which her son replied that they were the spaceships planned to be launched toward a neighbouring galaxy. She then focused on those rockets where people were engaged in work. Construction and preparation work were going on for those two massive rockets.
The people on those two spaceships looked so small when she viewed them from the place she stood. She then asked her son why people like them try to get into unknown galaxies and cause trouble for themselves, to which her son replied that those two spaceships were reliable and safe for people to travel on. Actually, the astronaut's mother did not mean to inquire about the spaceships' dependability but rather about something else.
Meaning of difficult words:
|Go off||To leave a place and go somewhere|
|Reliable||Worthy to be trusted|
State Council of Educational Research and Training (2018). Term-3 English Standard-9. Mother’s Voice - Vasil Berezhnoy (pp. 170-173). Published by the Tamil Nadu Textbook and Educational Services Corporation.