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Space Shuttle Atlantis Makes Final Voyage (14th May, 2010)

A chapter of space travel history closed on May 14th when the Atlantis space shuttle took off on its final voyage. The shuttle launched into clear blue skies as it headed into space. Atlantis made its first journey in 1985. Its last mission is to deliver batteries to the International Space Station. Mission Control had a special message for the six astronauts on board the spacecraft: "Good luck, God-speed and have a little fun up there." Only two space shuttle flights remain after this one. NASA plans to end the 30-year programme by the end of this year.

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It is a little sad to see the end of the space shuttle programme. Billions of people around the world have watched the launches on TV in the past 25 years. It is always an amazing sight to see the shuttles blast off and disappear into space. Many scientists think NASA should keep the shuttles working. President Obama has other ideas. He wants NASA to focus on different projects. These are to get astronauts to an asteroid by 2025 and to orbit Mars by 2035. His plans do not include another Moon landing.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

A chapter of space travel

a.

clear blue skies

2

the Atlantis space shuttle took off

b.

the six astronauts

3.

The shuttle launched into

c.

on its final voyage

4.

Its last mission is to

d.

after this one

5.

a special message for

e.

history closed

6.

Only two space shuttle flights remain

f.

deliver batteries

 

Paragraph 2

1.

It is a little sad to see

a.

amazing sight

2

people around the world have

b.

Moon landing

3.

It is always an

c.

by 2035

4.

He wants NASA to focus on

d.

the end

5.

orbit Mars

e.

different projects

6.

plans do not include another

f.

watched the launches


LISTENING GAP FILL

A chapter of space travel ___________________ May 14th when the Atlantis space shuttle took off ___________________. The shuttle launched into clear blue skies as it headed into space. Atlantis made ___________________ in 1985. Its last mission is to deliver batteries to the International Space Station. Mission Control had a special message for the six ___________________ the spacecraft: "Good luck, Godspeed and have a little fun up there." Only two space shuttle flights ___________________ one. NASA plans to end the 30-year programme ___________________ year.

It is ___________________ the end of the space shuttle programme. Billions of people around the world have watched the launches on TV ___________________ years. It is always an amazing sight to see the shuttles blast off and ___________________. Many scientists think NASA should keep ___________________. President Obama has other ideas. He wants NASA ___________________ projects. These are to get astronauts to an asteroid by 2025 and to orbit Mars by 2035. His plans ___________________ another Moon landing.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

A (1) ____ of space travel history closed on May 14th when the Atlantis space shuttle took off on its (2) ____ voyage. The shuttle launched into clear blue skies as it headed into space. Atlantis made its first journey in 1985. Its last mission is to (3) ____ batteries to the International Space Station. Mission Control had a special message for the six astronauts on (4) ____ the spacecraft: "Good luck, Godspeed and have a little fun up there." Only two space shuttle flights remain (5) ____ this one. NASA plans to end the 30-year programme by the end of this year.

It is a (6) ____ sad to see the end of the space shuttle programme. Billions of people around the world have (7) ____ the launches on TV in the past 25 years. It is always an amazing sight to see the shuttles blast (8) ____ and disappear into space. Many scientists think NASA should keep the shuttles (9) ____. President Obama has other ideas. He wants NASA to focus (10) ____ different projects. These are to get astronauts to an asteroid by 2025 and to orbit Mars by 2035. His plans do not include another Moon landing.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

chapter

(b)

novel

(c)

sentence

2.

(a)

finally

(b)

finish

(c)

final

3.

(a)

delivery

(b)

deliver

(c)

delivered

4.

(a)

board

(b)

bored

(c)

boarding

5.

(a)

before

(b)

after

(c)

while

6.

(a)

little

(b)

tiny

(c)

small

7.

(a)

watch

(b)

watching

(c)

watched

8.

(a)

on

(b)

off

(c)

over

9.

(a)

working

(b)

worked

(c)

work

10.

(a)

off

(b)

in

(c)

on


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

A phcaert of space travel history

2.

its final gvaoye

3.

clear blue siske

4.

Its last iosimns

5.

a special gseaesm

6.

two space shuttle flights einrma

 

Paragraph 2

7.

lsilBnoi of people

8.

watched the eclnhsua

9.

ltsba off

10.

focus on different esproctj

11.

ribto Mars

12.

Moon galnind


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

astronauts to an asteroid by 2025 and to orbit Mars by 2035. His plans do not include another Moon landing.

(    )

have watched the launches on TV in the past 25 years. It is always an amazing sight to see the shuttles blast

(    )

message for the six astronauts on board the spacecraft: "Good luck, God-speed and have a little fun up

(    )

voyage. The shuttle launched into clear blue skies as it headed into space. Atlantis made its first journey

(    )

working. President Obama has other ideas. He wants NASA to focus on different projects. These are to get

(    )

It is a little sad to see the end of the space shuttle programme. Billions of people around the world

1  )

A chapter of space travel history closed on May 14th when the Atlantis space shuttle took off on its final

(    )

in 1985. Its last mission is to deliver batteries to the International Space Station. Mission Control had a special

(    )

off and disappear into space. Many scientists think NASA should keep the shuttles

(    )

there." Only two space shuttle flights remain after this one. NASA plans to end the 30-year programme by the end of this year.


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

travel     space     of     chapter     A     closed     history.    

2.

final    voyage    The    Atlantis    off    took    shuttle   space    its    on.

3.

skies     blue     clear     into     launched     shuttle     The.    

4.

board    special    the    on    A    for    astronauts    message    six.   

5.

by   End   this   the   year   the   30-year   end   programme   of.

6.

end    the    see    to    sad    little    A    shuttle    space    the    of.   

7.

the    launches    world    have    People    watched    around    the.   

8.

amazing     It     sight     is     to     always     see     an.    

9.

projects     to     focus     He     on     wants     different     NASA.    

10.

asteroid     an     to     astronauts     Get     2025     by.    


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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WRITING

Write about space travel for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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HOMEWORK

1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

2. SPACE SHUTTLE: Search the Internet and find more information about the space shuttles. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about space travel. Include imaginary an interview with some astronauts. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

5. LETTER: Write a letter to the head of NASA. Ask him/her three questions about space travel. Give him/her three of your opinions on space travel. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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