A rocket was on a take-off ramp. A man in an astronaut suit came up to Ben.
"Come on, you have to hurry, we'll start soon," he said and waved to him. When Ben looked down, he noticed that he was wearing an astronaut suit as well. The man waved again, and Ben walked over to him. The two took an elevator that brought them directly to the cockpit of the space shuttle, at the very top of the rocket.
"Where are we going?" asked Ben.
The man showed Ben to his seat and buckled him in. "What's your name?" he asked.
"Ben," Ben replied.
"My name is James," the man said, "I'm the captain of this shuttle."
"Are you sure this is safe?" Ben asked nervously.
"Yes, we've done this many times before," James reassured him, "you'll be fine."
The countdown started on the screen in front of them. 10... 9... 8... 7... 6... 5... 4... 3... 2... 1! The rocket launched and Ben was pushed back into his seat with a jolt. He looked out the window at Earth below him as they climbed higher and higher into space.
"What's it like up there?" Ben asked.
"It's amazing," James said, "you can see the whole Earth from up here."
"I'm glad I'm here," Ben said, "it's really beautiful."
"We're coming up on our first destination," James said.
The shuttle passed over the North Pole and then continued southward, passing over the Atlantic Ocean and then Europe. Finally, they reached their destination: Africa.
"We're going to land in Egypt," James told him. "This is where we'll be conducting our research."
The shuttle landed with a bump and Ben unbuckled himself from his seat. He followed James down a hallway to an elevator that took them down to the ground level. They walked out of the building and into the hot Egyptian sun.
James led Ben to a car and they got in. James drove them to the research center. "This is where we'll be conducting our research," he told Ben, "I hope you're ready for a busy day."
Ben followed James inside and they walked down a long hallway. They reached the end of it and James opened the door to a large room. Inside were many computers and scientists working at their desks.
"This is our research center," James said, "we'll be doing experiments here all day."
"What kind of experiments?" Ben asked curiously.
"We're going to be testing different types of soil," James explained, "we need to find out which ones are best for growing crops."
"That sounds like fun," Ben said, "I'm looking forward to it."
James led him over to a desk with a computer on it and handed him an ID card. "This is your workstation," he said, "you can start by logging into the system."
Ben sat down at the desk and logged into the system. He was assigned an experiment that involved testing soil from different parts of Africa for its fertility levels. He opened up his program on the computer and started typing in information about the soil samples he had collected from Egypt earlier that day.
Ben typed in the last of the information and saved his work. He looked up at James, who was standing by his desk.
"I'm done," Ben said, "is there anything else I can do?"
"No, not for now," James replied, "you can go home for the day."
"Alright," Ben said and got up from his desk. He walked over to James and shook his hand. "It was nice meeting you."
"It was nice meeting you too," James said with a smile.
Ben walked out of the research center and into the hot Egyptian sun once again. He got into the car that James had driven them to work in that morning and they drove back to their apartment.