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Session 158

Nasa astronauts have returned to Earth, but the difference with this mission is that Nasa paid a commercial company – SpaceX – for the transport into and back from space. Neil and Rob have the vocabulary you need to talk about this story.

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    Activity 1

Activity 1

News Review

SpaceX splash down

Nasa paid a commercial company – SpaceX – for the transport into and back from space. It’s thought this model will be the way future space exploration will happen. Neil and Rob look at the vocabulary in the news around this story.

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The story

We have visual confirmation for splash down…

SpaceX copies and concurs. We see splash down and mains cut.

Dragon Endeavour has returned home. Nasa astronauts Bob and Doug.
On behalf of the SpaceX and Nasa teams, welcome back to planet Earth and thanks for flying SpaceX.

Key words and phrases

falling quickly and suddenly

  • Our sales are plummeting – we need a new business strategy.
  • Tourist numbers have plummeted due to coronavirus.

star struck
describes someone who admires famous people greatly

  • Rob was totally star-struck when he met Paul McCartney.
  • Star-struck football fans waited outside the stadium to try to get their favourite players’ autographs.

joke; trick

  • My brother always used to play pranks on me when I was growing up.
  • The students pranked their teacher into thinking the class was over by changing the clock.

To do

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

News Review quiz

3 Questions

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

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