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The US space shuttle Atlantis will blast off for the last time on Friday 8 July ending NASA's 30-year programme.
Four crew members will be dropping off a year's worth of supplies at the International Space Station. They'll be in orbit for 12-days and travel 6.5 million kilometres during the sortie.
In total, 355 astronauts will have flown on the shuttle since the inaugural mission in 1981.
blast off: launch, take off like a rocket
dropping off: delivering
in orbit: in a position in space, travelling around the earth
inaugural: the first in a series of important events or activities
Use one of the words or phrases below to complete each of these sentences from a BBC news report.
Note that you may have to change the form of a word to complete the sentence correctly.
blast off / dropping off / in orbit / sortie / inaugural
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