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Driving on Mars

A model of the Curiosity Mars rover

There's a new vehicle driving around on Mars. What is it hoping to find? Neil and Chris discuss the latest exploration of the red planet in this week's 6 Minute English.

This week's question:

How long does it take Mars to go around, or orbit, the Sun? Is it:

a) 152 days
b) 687 days
c) 2024 days

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

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Driving on Mars

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Vocabulary

remotely controlled

operated by a device not connected to the machine

orbit

the circular path a planet makes around another planet

rover

a car-like vehicle with no driver

searing

intense

seismometers

machines to measure movement under the surface of planets

earthquake

a sudden and violent movement in the ground

core

centre

molten

liquid rock or metal

obsessed

not able to stop thinking about something

diverse

different and varied

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