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A record number of people applied to be part of NASA's astronaut training program. NASA received over 18,300 applications for 14 jobs. This is a record. NASA's human resources officials will now spend 18 months looking at and selecting the best people. It will announce the successful applicants in the middle of 2017. Brian Kelly of NASA said: "It's [great] to know so many people recognize what a great opportunity this is to be part of NASA's exciting mission. I look forward to meeting the men and women talented enough to rise to the top."



There is a great desire to work on America's space program. NASA's Charlie Bolden said: "So many Americans from diverse backgrounds want to personally contribute to blazing the trail on our journey to Mars." The top applicants will have an interview in Houston, Texas. The chosen candidates will then get two years of training. They will learn things such as spacewalking, teamwork and operating spacecraft systems. They will also learn Russian. After that, they could go to the International Space Station or work for companies making spacecraft for tourists, such as SpaceX.

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Sources
  • https://thespacereporter.com/2016/02/nasa-receives-record-number-astronaut-applications/
  • http://www.space.com/31987-nasa-astronaut-applications-smash-record.html
  • http://www.themonitordaily.com/nasa-astronaut-application-pool-reached-18300-record/210868/


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The Activities

MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

1.

A record number

a.

forward to meeting the men

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be part of NASA's astronaut

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of 2017

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NASA's human

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the top

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in the middle

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resources officials

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what a great

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of people

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be part of NASA's exciting

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training program

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I look

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mission

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talented enough to rise to

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opportunity



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

America's space

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years of training

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So many Americans from diverse

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an interview

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our journey

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program

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The top applicants will have

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International Space Station

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chosen candidates will then get two

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to Mars

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They will learn things such

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for tourists

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they could go to the

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backgrounds

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work for companies making spacecraft

h.

as spacewalking

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

A record number of people applied (1) ___________________ NASA's astronaut training program. NASA received over 18,300 applications for 14 jobs. (2) ___________________. NASA's human resources officials will now spend 18 months looking at and selecting (3) ___________________.  It will announce the successful applicants (4) ___________________ 2017. Brian Kelly of NASA said: "It's [great] to know so many people recognize what a great opportunity (5) ___________________ of NASA's exciting mission. I look forward to meeting the men and women (6) ___________________ rise to the top."

There (7) ___________________ to work on America's space program. NASA's Charlie Bolden said: "So many Americans from   (8) ___________________ want to personally contribute to blazing the trail on our journey to Mars." The (9) ___________________ will have an interview in Houston, Texas. The chosen candidates will (10) ___________________ of training. They will learn things such as spacewalking, teamwork and operating (11) ________________. They will also learn Russian. After that, they could go to the International Space Station or work for companies making spacecraft for (12) ___________________ SpaceX.





PUT A SLASH ( / ) WHERE THE SPACES ARE

ArecordnumberofpeopleappliedtobepartofNASA'sastronauttraining
program.NASAreceivedover18,300applicationsfor14jobs.Thisisare
cord.NASA'shumanresourcesofficialswillnowspend18monthslookin
gatandselectingthebestpeople.Itwillannouncethesuccessfulapplica
ntsinthemiddleof2017.BrianKellyofNASAsaid:"It's[great]toknowso
manypeoplerecognizewhatagreatopportunitythisistobepartofNASA'
sexcitingmission.Ilookforwardtomeetingthemenandwomentalente
denoughtorisetothetop."ThereisagreatdesiretoworkonAmerica'ssp
aceprogram.NASA'sCharlieBoldensaid:"SomanyAmericansfromdiv
ersebackgroundswanttopersonallycontributetoblazingthetrailonour
journeytoMars."ThetopapplicantswillhaveaninterviewinHouston,Te
xas.Thechosencandidateswillthengettwoyearsoftraining.Theywillle
arnthingssuchasspacewalking,teamworkandoperatingspacecraftsy
stems.TheywillalsolearnRussian.Afterthat,theycouldgototheIntern
ationalSpaceStationorworkforcompaniesmakingspacecraftfortouris
ts,suchasSpaceX.

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