Session 66

Nasa has landed a probe on Mars. Neil and Tom discuss the language from this story.

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    Activity 1

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News Review

Nasa lands on Mars

The American space agency Nasa has put a robot on Mars. The first images of the red planet have already been sent back to Earth.

Language challenge

The mission to Mars has ____ successful.

a) be

b) been

c) being

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The story

Scientists at the American space agency NASA say they are beginning to gather data from Mars after successfully landing a probe on the surface of the red planet.

The InSight spacecraft survived a perilous descent on Monday and has already sent back its first picture.

Key words and phrases

probe
a tool or piece of equipment used for finding information
• NASA’s probe will send soil samples back from Mars.
• An internal probe by the police department found evidence of corruption in the force.

touched down
landed
• The rocket touched down at six o’clock in the evening.
• The plane is scheduled to touch down in New York before continuing to Miami.

beating the odds
succeeding in a situation in which success is unlikely
• The oldest horse in the race is beating the odds! He’s going to win!
• Despite losing their first few games, they beat the odds and won the league.

To do

Try our quiz to see how well you've learned today's language.

News Review - The Quiz

3 Questions

Now you've watched the video, try to answer these questions about the language in the news.

Baga gammadde! Qormaata xumurteetta
Excellent! Great job! Carraa badaa! Qabxii argatte:
x / y

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Language challenge - answer

b) been

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