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Solar-powered plane takes off again

Episode 150629 / 29 Jun 2015

Step 1: Listen

You're going to hear a genuine BBC news report. Before you listen, read these three summaries. Now listen and decide which one is correct. Listen again if you need to.

a)    The Solar Impulse has had to make an emergency landing in the Pacific Ocean.

b)    The Solar Impulse is exactly halfway through its journey across the Pacific Ocean from Japan to Hawaii.

c)    The Solar Impulse is crossing the Pacific Ocean and is unable to land until it gets to Hawaii.

Step 2: Learn the key words and listen again

How was that? Try listening again. Here are five definitions of key vocabulary which may help you.

solar-powered
driven by electricity that is made from the power of the sun

past the point of no return
a situation that you cannot turn back from

leg
stage or part (of a journey)

risky
dangerous

Step 3: Transcript and answer

Still not sure? This time you can read the transcript. The answer's underneath.

The team behind a solar-powered plane, which is aiming to fly around the world, say it's past the point of no return on the longest leg of its journey.

The Solar Impulse is crossing the Pacific Ocean from Japan to Hawaii – a journey that will take five days. It's risky because there's nowhere to land in an emergency.

Answer

The correct answer is:

c) The Solar Impulse is crossing the Pacific Ocean and is unable to land until it gets to Hawaii.

This bulletin comes from BBC World Service Radio

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