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US orbit anniversary

John Glenn, a former astronaut

John Glenn, a former astronaut

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the first American orbit of Earth. Kaz and Jackie discuss the special celebrations taking place at NASA.

This week's question: What does NASA stand for?

a) National Aeronautics and Space Administration

b) North American Space Agency

c) National American Space Aeronautics

Listen out for the answer at the end of the programme.

Listen

US orbit anniversary

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Vocabulary

astronauts

people who go into space to explore

to orbit

to circle round a planet or object in space

marked

celebrated, honoured

space race

the competition between the US and the Soviet Union for supremacy in space

pioneering

discovering new places and things, opening up new possibilities

to be impressed

to think something is very good

to publicise

to make known

budget

sum of money allocated to be used during a certain period of time

under threat

in danger

sprightly

lively and full of energy

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