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Session 2

People are going back to the Moon – but this time as tourists. Neil and Catherine look at the language the world's media is using to discuss this story - and show you how you can use it in your everyday English.

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    Activity 1

Activity 1

News Review

Space tourists to visit the Moon

It's been 45 years since humans visited the Moon; next year a private company is offering to take space tourists on a trip round Earth's satellite.

Language challenge

Which expression means 'not very often'?

a) Once in a full moon.
b) Once in a blue moon.
c) Once in a red moon.

Watch the video and complete the activity

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The story

Humans last travelled into deep space 45 years ago when Apollo 17 became the last manned trip to the Moon back in 1972.

This announcement by SpaceX of a manned trip to circumnavigate the Moon next year caught most observers off guard.

It's an incredibly ambitious timetable because at this point the company hasn't even launched a human being into space.

Key words and phrases

mission
flight into space

venture
new activity that involves risk, often related to business

manned
controlled by people

To do

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Language challenge - answer

a) Once in a blue moon.

End of Session 2

Join us in Session 3 for Pronunciation in the News - our video which teaches you how to correcly pronounce the words making the headlines.

Session Vocabulary

  • mission
    flight into space

    venture
    new activity that involves risk, often related to business

    manned
    controlled by people