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Stone from the sky

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Skydiving can be dangerous...

Especially when a big, black rock whizzes past as you fall.

Anders Helstrup filmed what some think is a meteorite during his jump in Norway.

One geologist is convinced that the object is indeed from space.

But searches of the ground have been fruitless so far.

skydiving

a sport in which you jump from an aircraft and fall for as long as possible before opening a parachute

whizzes

moves very fast

meteorite

piece of rock from space that has fallen to Earth

geologist

scientist who studies rocks

fruitless

unsuccessful

Exercise

Use one of the words or phrases below to complete each of these sentences from news reports.

Note that you may have to change the form of a word to complete the sentence correctly.

skydiving / whizzes / meteorite / geologist / fruitless

1.
Rare, prehistoric rock art which could be more than 4,000 years old has been discovered in the Brecon Beacons. The Bronze Age discovery was made late last year by national park _________ Alan Bowring.

2.
Employees at the online storage firm _________ through corridors on skates and office scooters. Some take time off to play pool and video games, and a plush music room is ready for a karaoke contest.

3.
A _________ team from Garvagh, County Londonderry, have celebrated their 30th anniversary by jumping from a hot air balloon.

4.
Spanish astronomers spotted a _________ with a mass of about half a tonne crashing into the lunar surface last September.

5.
However, Mr Burns has admitted that Fuel Entertainment's search may prove _________. "We don't know exactly what we'll find, but it's bound to be interesting," he said.

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How did you do?

1

geologist

2

whizz

3

skydiving

4

meteorite

5

fruitless

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