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Source texts — Jump: Afrikaans, English, Portuguese (EU), Spanish

The following are the source texts for this edition of the ProZ.com translation contests. Contest participants are given the opportunity to submit translations of these texts into the languages of their choice. If three or more translators translate a text into a given language, the contest is "on" in that language pair. To learn more about the source texts, see the "About the source texts" section below.
Afrikaans
English
– from "A new age of space exploration is beginning", The Economist
The moment when, 50 years ago, Neil Armstrong planted his foot on the surface of the Moon inspired awe, pride and wonder around the world. This newspaper argued that “man, from this day on, can go wheresoever in the universe his mind wills and his ingenuity contrives…to the planets, sooner rather than later, man is now certain to go.” But no. The Moon landing was an aberration, a goal achieved not as an end in itself but as a means of signalling America’s extraordinary capabilities. That point, once made, required no remaking. Only 571 people have been into orbit; and since 1972 no one has ventured much farther into space than Des Moines is from Chicago.

The next 50 years will look very different. Falling costs, new technologies, Chinese and Indian ambitions, and a new generation of entrepreneurs promise a bold era of space development. It will almost certainly involve tourism for the rich and better communications networks for all; in the long run it might involve mineral exploitation and even mass transportation. Space will become ever more like an extension of Earth—an arena for firms and private individuals, not just governments. But for this promise to be fulfilled the world needs to create a system of laws to govern the heavens—both in peacetime and, should it come to that, in war.

The development of space thus far has been focused on facilitating activity down below—mainly satellite communications for broadcasting and navigation. Now two things are changing. First, geopolitics is stoking a new push to send humans beyond the shallows of low-Earth orbit. China plans to land people on the Moon by 2035. President Donald Trump’s administration wants Americans to be back there by 2024. Falling costs make this showing off more affordable than before. Apollo cost hundreds of billions of dollars (in today’s money). Now tens of billions are the ticket price.

[ … ]

It is a mistake to promote space as a romanticised Wild West, an anarchic frontier where humanity can throw off its fetters and rediscover its destiny. For space to fulfil its promise governance is required. At a time when the world cannot agree on rules for the terrestrial trade of steel bars and soybeans that may seem like a big ask. But without it the potential of all that lies beyond Earth will at best wait another 50 years to be fulfilled. At worst space could add to Earth’s problems.
Portuguese (EU)
– from "Chronicas de Viagem", by Alberto Pimentel
Na Europa, na Africa, na America tem uma lenda, a lenda de um homem que vôa, um filho do ar, que ás vezes, ao descer para a terra, como que recebe da terra mostras de justo resentimento pelo muito que parece desdenhal-a.

Ainda ultimamente, em S. Luiz, nos Estados-Unidos, esteve, ao descer do ar, para ser victima de uma grande catastrophe, que o telegrapho noticiou, e que causou dolorosa impressão em toda Lisboa.

Refiro-me a Antonio Infante, aeronauta portuguez... unico!

Foi em 1883 que elle fez em Lisboa, na explanada do antigo Colyseu, a sua primeira ascensão, com o Beudet, lembram-se?

Toda a gente ficou admirada de que um rapaz bem nascido, que apenas conhecia a região do Chiado, se affoutasse a ir devassar os mysterios da região do éther, porque nós os portuguezes, como sempre nos tem acontecido em tudo, lançamos ao ar o primeiro balão, ensinamos os outros a serem aeronautas e nunca mais o quizemos ser.

Parece que no ar, como na terra, tudo está em dar o primeiro passo... perdão, o primeiro vôo.

Antonio Infante fez em Lisboa segunda ascensão, e depois, como o socio do Beudet se desligasse da empreza, Antonio Infante continuou a sociedade e foi-se para Hespanha com o antigo socio do Beudet.

Em Madrid realisou uma ascensão tendo por companheiro um homem conhecido, Ducascal, actualmente deputado e, passando a Italia, subiu em Napoles com o director do Observatorio á altura do seis mil e quinhentos metros, por tal signal que o sabio do Observatorio, tendo lá em cima a vertigem do infinito, encolheu-se no fundo da barquinha, e mandou ao diabo a sciencia e as observações.

Eu faria o mesmo, se tivesse perpetrado uma tal aventura.

Mas em Napoles esteve Antonio Infante para representar involuntariamente n'uma tragedia aerea, porque elle não conhece outras.

Procurou-o um desconhecido e propoz-lhe que, a troco d'uma certa quantia, o levasse no balão. O aeronauta acceitou, e, no dia aprasado, estava já o balão quasi cheio de gaz, quando a policia appareceu e prendeu o desconhecido.

Seria um salteador—os salteadores são tão vulgares em Napoles!—que recorresse a esse meio de escapula?

Nada d'isso.

Era apenas um suicida, que já por mais vezes havia attentado contra a existencia, e que d'aquella vez sonhára despenhar-se no infinito...

Se a policia não acode tanto a tempo, Infante teria tido que luctar com o homem dentro da barquinha ou, se elle houvesse podido suicidar-se, teria que livrar-se da suspeita de um crime.
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Spanish
– from "Romero a Roma" by Bruno Moreno Ramos
Antes de que continúes, querido lector, debo advertirte que la peregrinación a Roma que estoy a punto de relatarte fue un perfecto desastre. Si esperas encontrar en este libro una historia de superación, hazañas físicas, fuerza de voluntad y victoria sobre uno mismo, es mejor que dejes ya la lectura, para evitar una decepción. Como sabiamente decía Aristóteles (digo yo que sería Aristóteles, porque era un señor muy sabio y decía muchas cosas): «Dichoso quien ocupa su tiempo en meditar sobre sus propios logros, porque tendrá mucho tiempo libre».

La triste realidad es que apenas hubo plan o propósito que no rompiéramos a lo largo del camino mis dos compañeros y yo. De hecho, empezamos incumpliendo la primera norma de toda peregrinación y esta primera transgresión marcó el tono general de todo nuestro viaje. Lo dicho, un desastre de peregrinación.

La primera norma de toda peregrinación dice, sencillamente, que el camino debe comenzar en la puerta de la propia casa. De otro modo, apenas puede hablarse de peregrinación. Cuando un peregrino medieval decidía caminar hasta Santiago (o era amablemente invitado a hacerlo por su confesor, para purgar sus pecados), no iba en carroza hasta Roncesvalles para comenzar allí su camino. No. Se calzaba las alpargatas, tomaba el cayado y el zurrón, se despedía de la familia entre las abundantes lágrimas de sus parientes más próximos y echaba a andar los meses que hicieran falta hasta llegar a su destino (si los bandidos, los animales salvajes, el frío, el hambre o las pestes no acortaban sensiblemente la peregrinación, claro).

Nosotros, sin embargo, no teníamos los tres meses que habríamos tardado en hacer el viaje entero hasta Roma desde nuestra casa a base de alpargata y carretera. Así pues, decidimos hacer lo más parecido posible. Como no podíamos salir andando desde España, fuimos en avión hasta una de las antiguas Españas, para salir desde allí. Es decir, viajamos hasta Nápoles. Porque Nápoles y Sicilia, aunque parezca mentira, fueron un tiempo Españas. Cuando las monedas de Felipe II decían Hispaniarum Rex, era una forma abreviada de decir Rey de Nápoles, de Sicilia y de otros muchos sitios. La bella ciudad de Nápoles fue una de las joyas de la Corona española (o aragonesa) durante dos siglos y medio, poco menos tiempo que Argentina, por ejemplo. Es una muestra del triste estado de nuestro sistema educativo que casi nadie sea consciente de ello.

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