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NASA Rover Sends Back First Color Photo (9th August, 2012)

NASA's new space rover, called Curiosity, has sent back its first pictures of the Mars landscape. The color image is of the area around the robotic rover. The nuclear-powered mobile science lab landed on Mars on Sunday night. NASA scientists were amazed it touched down safely and began working immediately. They have been working on the project for eight years. The picture from Curiosity is from a camera that will take detailed photos to see if life ever existed on the red planet.

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It took Curiosity more than eight months to reach Mars. It travelled a distance of 566 million km and cost $2.6 billion. NASA said its car-sized rover is in "great shape". Curiosity scientist Ken Edgett could not hide his joy at how well things are going. He told reporters: "This was basically a focus test. It works. It's awesome. We can't wait to open it and see what else we can see." The team will now check to see if everything on Curiosity works. It entered the Martian atmosphere at 17 times the speed of sound and seems undamaged.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

first pictures of the Mars

a.

photos

2

The nuclear-powered mobile

b.

for eight years

3.

it touched down

c.

on the red planet

4.

working on the project

d.

safely

5.

take detailed

e.

landscape

6.

see if life ever existed

f.

science lab

 

Paragraph 2

1.

eight months to

a.

shape

2

a distance of

b.

to open it

3.

in great

c.

566 million km

4.

could not hide

d.

of sound

5.

We can't wait

e.

reach Mars

6.

17 times the speed

f.

his joy


LISTENING GAP FILL

NASA's new space rover, called Curiosity, (1) ________________ its first pictures of the Mars landscape. The color image is of the (2) ________________ robotic rover. The nuclear-powered mobile science (3) ________________ Mars on Sunday night. NASA scientists were amazed it (4) ________________ and began working immediately. They have (5) ________________ the project for eight years. The picture from Curiosity is from a camera that will take detailed photos to see if                          (6) ________________ on the red planet.

It took Curiosity more than eight months to reach Mars. It       (7) ________________ of 566 million km and cost $2.6 billion. NASA said its car-sized rover (8) ________________. Curiosity scientist Ken Edgett could not (9) ________________ how well things are going. He told reporters: "This was basically a focus test. It works. It's awesome. We (10) ________________ it and see what else we can see." The team (11) ________________ see if everything on Curiosity works. It entered the Martian atmosphere at 17 (12) ________________ of sound and seems undamaged.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

NASA's new space rover, called Curiosity, has sent (1) ____ its first pictures of the Mars landscape. The color image is of the (2) ____ around the robotic rover. The nuclear-powered mobile science lab (3) ____ on Mars on Sunday night. NASA scientists were amazed it (4) ____ down safely and began working immediately. They have been working on the project for eight years. The picture from Curiosity is from a camera that will (5) ____ detailed photos to see if (6) ____ ever existed on the red planet.

It took Curiosity more than eight months to (7) ____ Mars. It travelled a distance of 566 million km and cost $2.6 billion. NASA said its car-sized rover is in "great (8) ____ ". Curiosity scientist Ken Edgett could not hide his joy at how well things are (9) ____. He told reporters: "This was basically a focus test. It works. It's awesome. We can't (10) ____ to open it and see what else we can see." The team will now check to (11) ____ if everything on Curiosity works. It entered the Martian atmosphere at 17 (12) ____ the speed of sound and seems undamaged.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

front

(b)

back

(c)

inside

2.

(a)

area

(b)

inside

(c)

3D

3.

(a)

earthed

(b)

grounded

(c)

landed

4.

(a)

slapped

(b)

felt

(c)

touched

5.

(a)

seize

(b)

take

(c)

grip

6.

(a)

life

(b)

living

(c)

alive

7.

(a)

get

(b)

reach

(c)

arrive

8.

(a)

ship

(b)

sharp

(c)

shape

9.

(a)

goes

(b)

going

(c)

went

10.

(a)

wait

(b)

sit

(c)

pause

11.

(a)

see

(b)

watch

(c)

look

12

(a)

timings

(b)

timed

(c)

times


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

the tiroboc rover

2.

The nuclear-redpwoe mobile science lab

3.

it cuoehdt down safely

4.

working on the ejtopcr

5.

take tidadeel photos

6.

see if life ever stxedie

 

Paragraph 2

7.

eight months to aechr Mars

8.

a taeniscd of 566 million km

9.

in "great epahs"

10.

how well things are giogn

11.

It's seawmoe

12.

17 times the speed of sdonu


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

detailed photos to see if life ever existed on the red planet.

(    )

project for eight years. The picture from Curiosity is from a camera that will take

(    )

down safely and began working immediately. They have been working on the

(    )

of 566 million km and cost $2.6 billion. NASA said its car-sized rover is in "great

(    )

shape". Curiosity scientist Ken Edgett could not hide his joy at how well things are

(    )

It took Curiosity more than eight months to reach Mars. It travelled a distance

(    )

wait to open it and see what else we can see." The team will now check to see if everything on Curiosity

(    )

landscape. The color image is of the area around the robotic rover. The nuclear-

(    )

powered mobile science lab landed on Mars on Sunday night. NASA scientists were amazed it touched

(    )

going. He told reporters: "This was basically a focus test. It works. It's awesome. We can't

1  )

NASA's new space rover, called Curiosity, has sent back its first pictures of the Mars

(    )

works. It entered the Martian atmosphere at 17 times the speed of sound and seems undamaged.


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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

1.

first     the     its     of     landscape     back     pictures     Mars     Sent.    

2.

it     amazed     were     Scientists     safely     down     touched.    

3.

on     the   project     for     8    years    They    have    been    working.    

4.

a     detailed     camera     photos     that     will     From     take.    

5.

ever     the     life     on     planet     if     existed     red     See.    

6.

months    to    reach    Mars    It     took     Curiosity   more    than    8.

7.

distance     of     It     566     travelled     million     a     km.    

8.

going     how     well     His     things     joy     are     at.    

9.

can't     and     wait     see     to     open     We     it.    

10.

of     times     speed     sound     17     the.    


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.

________________________________________________________

2.

________________________________________________________

3.

________________________________________________________

4.

________________________________________________________

5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________


WRITING

Write about Mars 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. MARS: Search the Internet and find more information about Mars. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Mars. Include an imaginary interview with a Martian. 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 a Mars expert. Ask him/her three questions about Mars. Give him/her three of your opinions on it. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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