The Reading / Listening - Spacesuits - Level 6

Fashion designers and clothing experts are wandering how a new suit might change their industry. The suit is a little out of this world - literally. It is a spacesuit that has its own built-in toilet. The high-tech garb has been designed by NASA engineers to help astronauts deal with the call of nature in emergency situations in space. The new suits are called the Orion Crew Survival Systems Suits (OCSSS). They will be worn by astronauts on NASA's next-generation spacecraft, Orion, which will venture a lot farther away from Earth than previous space missions have gone. The spacecraft will not be advanced enough to reach Mars, but will be able to carry humans around the moon and back.



The OCSSS spacesuits will allow astronauts to survive for six days in emergency situations. The suit is fitted with a revolutionary waste disposal system that will allow astronauts to do things like urinate and defecate without taking it off. Astronauts will also be able to eat in the suit. NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio explained how important and how much of a life-saver the OCSSS space suit will be. He said: "Spaceflight is not always glamorous. People need to go the bathroom, even in a spacecraft. How is this waste treated such that it does not harm the astronaut or even kill them?" The suit's technology could be used in hospitals and in the camping and trekking industries in the future.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Spacesuits - Level 4  or  Spacesuits - Level 5

Sources
  • https://www.space.com/39710-orion-spacesuit-waste-disposal-system.html
  • http://www.gulftoday.ae/portal/6c0c05d3-a6b5-4f7e-8cbe-98481effbf51.aspx
  • https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/feb/15/nasa-space-poop-challenge-suit-designs


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Warm-ups

1. SPACESUITS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about spacesuits. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       fashion designers / experts / spacesuit / NASA / engineers / emergency / astronaut  /
       survive / waste disposal / life-saver / glamorous / bathroom / technology / future
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. SPACE TRAVEL: Students A strongly believe space travel is essential; Students B strongly believe it isn't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. HIGH TECH: What high-tech features could these items of clothing have? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Features

Usefulness

Suits

 

 

Shoes

 

 

Gloves

 

 

Jeans

 

 

T-shirts

 

 

Caps

 

 

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5. WORLD: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "world". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. TOILETS: Rank these with your partner. Put the best things to improve toilets at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • TV screen
  • silent flush
  • no "up-splash"
  • scented toilet paper
  • warm seat
  • padded seat
  • music
  • Internet access

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. experts a. Extremely enjoyable or impressive.
      2. out of this world b. Clothing or dress, especially of a distinctive or special kind.
      3. literally c. An important assignment carried out for political, religious, or commercial purposes, usually involving travel.
      4. garb d. Exactly; precisely.
      5. call of nature e. A risky or daring journey or project.
      6. venture f. People who have a comprehensive and authoritative knowledge of or skill in a particular area.
      7. missions g. A nice or simple way to refer to a need to go to the toilet.

    Paragraph 2

      8. revolutionary h. The action or process of throwing away or getting rid of something.
      9. disposal i. Go to the toilet (or somewhere else) to pass water from your body.
      10. urinate j. Walking a long way across mountains, deserts and other landscapes.
      11. defecate k. Having attractive of exciting qualities that makes certain people or things seem appealing or special.
      12. glamorous l. Go to the toilet (or somewhere else) to pass solid waste from your body.
      13. waste m. Involving or causing a complete or dramatic change.
      14. trekking n. Material that is not wanted; the unusable remains or by products of something.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if a-h below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The article said fashion designers helped design the new spacesuit.     T / F
  2. The new spacesuit will also let astronauts make telephone calls.     T / F
  3. The new spacesuit is called an Onion suit.     T / F
  4. A new spacecraft will be able to go around the moon and back.     T / F
  5. The spacesuit will let astronauts both urinate and defecate in it.     T / F
  6. Astronauts will have to take the suit off if they want to eat.     T / F
  7. An astronaut said spaceflight is not always glamorous.     T / F
  8. Hospitals could one day make use of the spacesuit's technology.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. experts
  2. garb
  3. deal with
  4. venture
  5. advanced
  6. allow
  7. disposal
  8. urinate
  9. glamorous
  10. treated
  1. travel
  2. let
  3. pee
  4. clothing
  5. dealt with
  6. cutting-edge
  7. specialists
  8. exciting
  9. manage
  10. throwing away

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. Fashion designers and clothing
  2. wondering how a new suit might change
  3. The suit is a little out of this
  4. help astronauts deal with the call
  5. farther away from Earth than previous
  6. fitted with a revolutionary waste
  7. do things like urinate
  8. Spaceflight is not always
  9. how much of a life-saver the
  10. camping and
  1. world - literally
  2. OCSSS space suit will be
  3. space missions
  4. glamorous
  5. their industry
  6. and defecate
  7. experts
  8. trekking
  9. of nature
  10. disposal system

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
worn
garb
advanced
built-in
wondering
industry
venture
nature

Fashion designers and clothing experts are (1) ______ how a new suit might change their (2) ______. The suit is a little out of this world - literally. It is a spacesuit that has its own (3) ______ toilet. The high-tech (4) ______ has been designed by NASA engineers to help astronauts deal with the call of (5) ______ in emergency situations in space. The new suits are called the Orion Crew Survival Systems Suits (OCSSS). They will be (6) ______ by astronauts on NASA's next-generation spacecraft, Orion, which will (7) ______ a lot farther away from Earth than previous space missions have gone. The spacecraft will not be (8) ______ enough to reach Mars, but will be able to carry humans around the moon and back.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
system
life-saver
future
allow
urinate
treated
fitted
glamorous

The OCSSS spacesuits will (9) ______ astronauts to survive for six days in emergency situations. The suit is (10) ______ with a revolutionary waste disposal (11) ______ that will allow astronauts to do things like (12) ______ and defecate without taking it off. Astronauts will also be able to eat in the suit. NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio explained how important and how much of a (13) ______ the OCSSS space suit will be. He said: "Spaceflight is not always (14) ______. People need to go the bathroom, even in a spacecraft. How is this waste (15) ______ such that it does not harm the astronaut or even kill them?" The suit's technology could be used in hospitals and in the camping and trekking industries in the (16) ______.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  The suit is a little out of this ______
     a.  world - literally
     b.  world - literary
     c.  word - literally
     d.  word - literary
2)  It is a spacesuit that has its own ______
     a.  building toilet
     b.  bill tin toilet
     c.  built-in toilet
     d.  build tin toilet
3)  designed by NASA engineers to help astronauts deal with the ______
     a.  call off mature
     b.  call of natured
     c.  call of mature
     d.  call of nature
4)  They will be worn by astronauts on NASA's ______ spacecraft
     a.  next-generational
     b.  nest-generation
     c.  necks-generation
     d.  next-generation
5)  The spacecraft will not be advanced enough ______ Mars
     a.  to reach
     b.  to arch
     c.  too reach
     d.  to retch

6)  The suit is fitted with a revolutionary waste ______
     a.  dispose all system
     b.  this postal system
     c.  disposal system
     d.  this pose all system
7)  NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio explained how important and how much ______
     a.  off a life-saver
     b.  of the life-saver
     c.  of a live saver
     d.  of a life-saver
8)  He said: "Spaceflight is not ______"
     a.  all ways glamorous
     b.  always glamorous
     c.  all weighs glamorous
     d.  anyways glamorous
9)  How is this waste treated such that it does not ______
     a.  harm the astronaut
     b.  harms the astronaut
     c.  harmed the astronaut
     d.  harming the astronaut
10)  could be used in hospitals and in the camping and trekking ______ the future
     a.  industry sin
     b.  industrious in
     c.  industrials in
     d.  industries in

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Fashion designers and clothing experts (1) ___________________ a new suit might change their industry. The suit is a little out of this world - literally. It is a spacesuit that has its own (2) ___________________. The high-tech garb has been designed by NASA engineers to help astronauts deal with the (3) ___________________ in emergency situations in space. The new suits are called the Orion Crew Survival Systems Suits (OCSSS). They will be (4) ___________________ on NASA's next-generation spacecraft, Orion, which will venture a lot farther away from Earth than       (5) ___________________ have gone. The spacecraft will not be advanced enough to reach Mars, but will be able to carry humans around the              (6) ___________________.

The OCSSS spacesuits will allow astronauts to (7) ___________________ days in emergency situations. The suit is fitted with a revolutionary waste    (8) ___________________ will allow astronauts to do things like                 (9) ___________________ without taking it off. Astronauts will also be able to eat in the suit. NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio explained how important and how much of a life-saver the OCSSS space suit will be. He said: "Spaceflight is (10) ___________________. People need to go the bathroom, even in a spacecraft. How is this (11) ___________________ that it does not harm the astronaut or even kill them?" The suit's technology could be used in hospitals and in the (12) ___________________ industries in the future.

Comprehension questions

  1. What kind of experts are wondering about the new spacesuit?
  2. Who designed the new spacesuit?
  3. What will the spacesuit help astronauts deal with the call of?
  4. Where won't the new spacecraft be able to go to?
  5. Where will a new spacecraft be able to go to (and come back)?
  6. How long will astronauts be able to survive in the spacesuits?
  7. What will astronauts be able to do in the suit besides go to the toilet?
  8. What did an astronaut say was not always glamorous?
  9. Where did an astronaut say people needed to go?
  10. What buildings could the suit's technology be used in one day?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What kind of experts are wondering about the new spacesuit?
a) astronomers
b) toilet experts
c) clothing experts
d) urinary tract experts
2) Who designed the new spacesuit?
a) NASA engineers
b) Armani
c) Boeing
d) George Bartholomew
3) What will the spacesuit help astronauts deal with the call of?
a) the wild
b) nature
c) mission control
d) their smartphone
4) Where won't the new spacecraft be able to go to?
a) the upper atmosphere
b) the moon
c) Australia
d) Mars
5) Where will a new spacecraft be able to go to (and come back)?
a) Mercury
b) Mars
c) the moon
d) the Sun

6) How long will astronauts be able to survive in the spacesuits?
a) five days
b) six days
c) seven days
d) eight days
7) What will astronauts be able to do in the suit besides go to the toilet?
a) generate electricity
b) make a tent
c) play games
d) eat
8) What did an astronaut say was not always glamorous?
a) clothes
b) spaceflight
c) space
d) peeing in one's suit
9) Where did an astronaut say people needed to go?
a) Mars
b) the bathroom
c) into space
d) to another galaxy
10) What buildings could the suit's technology be used in one day?
a) hospitals
b) lunar buildings
c) buildings on Mars
d) McDonald's

Role play

Role  A – Warm Seat
You think a warm seat is the best thing to improve a toilet. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the most unnecessary of these (and why): TV screen, no "up-splash" or a silent flush.

Role  B – TV Screen
You think a TV screen is the best thing to improve a toilet. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the most unnecessary of these (and why): warm seat, no "up-splash" or a silent flush.

Role  C – No "Up-splash"
You think no "up-splash" is the best thing to improve a toilet. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the most unnecessary of these (and why): TV screen, warm seat or a silent flush.

Role  D – Silent Flush
You think a silent flush is the best thing to improve a toilet. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the most unnecessary of these (and why):  TV screen, no "up-splash" or warm seat.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'space'

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  • and 'suit'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • allow
    • six
    • like
    • always
    • such
    • future
    • wondering
    • own
    • call
    • help
    • next
    • back




    Student survey

    Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

    (Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

    Discussion - NASA spacesuits with built-in toilet

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'space'?
    3. What do you think of spacesuits?
    4. How could spacesuits change our fashions?
    5. How useful are clothes with built-in toilets?
    6. What other built-in features do clothes need?
    7. What high-tech clothes would you like to see in the shops?
    8. How often do you have an emergency call of nature?
    9. What would space travel be like?
    10. What do you know about NASA?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'suit'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. How good are you in emergency situations?
    5. How do you think the waste disposal system will work?
    6. Would you go to the toilet in a suit?
    7. How glamorous do you think space travel is?
    8. How could this technology be used in hospitals?
    9. Why is space travel important?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the astronauts?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    Fashion designers and clothing (1) ____ are wondering how a new suit might change their industry. The suit is a little (2) ____ of this world - literally. It is a spacesuit that has its own built-in toilet. The high-tech (3) ____ has been designed by NASA engineers to help astronauts deal with the (4) ____ of nature in emergency situations in space. The new suits are called the Orion Crew Survival Systems Suits (OCSSS). They will be worn by astronauts on NASA's next-generation spacecraft, Orion, which will (5) ____ a lot farther away from Earth than previous space missions have gone. The spacecraft will not be advanced (6) ____ to reach Mars, but will be able to carry humans around the moon and back.

    The OCSSS spacesuits will allow astronauts to survive for six days (7) ____ emergency situations. The suit is fitted with a revolutionary (8) ____ disposal system that will allow astronauts to do things like (9) ____ and defecate without taking it off. Astronauts will also be able to eat in the suit. NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio explained how important and how much of a life-saver the OCSSS space suit will be. He said: "Spaceflight is not always (10) ____. People need to go the bathroom, even in a spacecraft. How is this waste treated (11) ____ that it does not harm the astronaut or even kill them?" The suit's technology could be used in hospitals and in the camping and trekking industries (12) ____ the future.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     expats     (b)     experts     (c)     expert     (d)     expertise    
    2. (a)     into     (b)     out     (c)     up     (d)     over    
    3. (a)     garble     (b)     gab     (c)     guard     (d)     garb    
    4. (a)     whisper     (b)     call     (c)     shout     (d)     drain    
    5. (a)     adventure     (b)     advent     (c)     vent     (d)     venture    
    6. (a)     plenty     (b)     such     (c)     enough     (d)     so    
    7. (a)     in     (b)     of     (c)     on     (d)     to    
    8. (a)     vast     (b)     paste     (c)     waste     (d)     haste    
    9. (a)     recreate     (b)     desecrate     (c)     procreate     (d)     urinate    
    10. (a)     glamorous     (b)     humorous     (c)     porous     (d)     spurious    
    11. (a)     such     (b)     much     (c)     touch     (d)     crutch    
    12. (a)     in     (b)     at     (c)     of     (d)     to

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    4. in cegemrnye situations
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    Paragraph 2

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    3. do things like tnueiar
    4. etfaedce without taking it off
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    6. camping and rikkegtn

    Put the text back together

    (...)  and defecate without taking it off. Astronauts will also be able to eat in the suit. NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio explained
    (...)  away from Earth than previous space missions have gone. The spacecraft will not be advanced
    (...)  glamorous. People need to go the bathroom, even in a spacecraft. How is this waste
    1  ) Fashion designers and clothing experts are wondering how a new suit might change their industry. The suit is a little out
    (...)  with a revolutionary waste disposal system that will allow astronauts to do things like urinate
    (...)  designed by NASA engineers to help astronauts deal with the call of nature in emergency
    (...)  enough to reach Mars, but will be able to carry humans around the moon and back.
    (...)  by astronauts on NASA's next-generation spacecraft, Orion, which will venture a lot farther
    (...)  The OCSSS spacesuits will allow astronauts to survive for six days in emergency situations. The suit is fitted
    (...)  situations in space. The new suits are called the Orion Crew Survival Systems Suits (OCSSS). They will be worn
    (...)  how important and how much of a life-saver the OCSSS space suit will be. He said: "Spaceflight is not always
    (...)  be used in hospitals and in the camping and trekking industries in the future.
    (...)  of this world - literally. It is a spacesuit that has its own built-in toilet. The high-tech garb has been
    (...)  treated such that it does not harm the astronaut or even kill them?" The suit's technology could

    Put the words in the right order

    1. new   industry   .   might   a   suit   How   change   their
    2. suit   is   The   little   out   of   world   .   this   a
    3. astronauts   deal   call   Help   nature   .   the   of   with
    4. away   a   Venture   from   farther   lot   Earth   .
    5. around   Carry   and   humans   the   back   .   moon
    6. for   to   six   Astronauts   days   emergencies   .   survive   in
    7. waste   with   Fitted   system   .   disposal   revolutionary   a
    8. urinate   .   do   to   astronauts   like   things   Allow
    9. even   the   Harm   kill   or   astronaut   them   .
    10. used   in   be   The   technology   could   hospitals   .   suit's

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Fashion designers and clothing expats / experts are wondering how a new suit might change their industry. The suite / suit is a little out of this world - literally. It is a spacesuit that has its own building / built-in toilet. The high-tech garb / grab has been designed / designing by NASA engineers to help astronauts deal with the call of nature / natural in emergency situations in space. The new suits are called / call the Orion Crew Survival Systems Suits (OCSSS). They will be wearing / worn by astronauts on NASA's next-generation spacecraft, Orion, which will adventure / venture a lot farther away from Earth than previous space missions have gone. The spacecraft will not be advanced enough to reach Mars, but will be able / ability to carry humans around the moon and back.

    The OCSSS spacesuits will allow astronauts to survival / survive for six days in emergency situations. The suit is fitted by / with a revolutionary waste disposal system that will allowance / allow astronauts to do things like urinate and defecate / delicate without taking it off. Astronauts will also be able to eat on / in the suit. NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio explained how important and how much / more of a life-saver the OCSSS space suit will be. He said: "Spaceflight is not always glamorous. People need to go the bathroom, even / ever in a spacecraft. How is this waste / paste treated such that it does not harm / harmful the astronaut or even kill them?" The suit's technology could be used in hospitals and in the camping and trekking industries at / in the future.

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    T h_  O C S S S   s p_c_s__ t s   w_l l  _l l_w  _s t r_n__ t s   t_  s_r v_v_  f_r   s_x   d_y s  _n  _m_r g_n c y   s_t__ t__ n s .   T h_  s__ t  _s   f_t t_d   w_t h  _  r_v_l_t__ n_r y   w_s t_  d_s p_s_l   s y s t_m   t h_t   w_l l  _l l_w  _s t r_n__ t s   t_  d_  t h_n g s   l_k_ _r_n_t_ _n d   d_f_c_t_  w_t h__ t   t_k_n g  _t  _f f .   A s t r_n__ t s   w_l l  _l s_  b_ _b l_  t_ __ t  _n   t h_  s__ t .   N A S A  _s t r_n__ t   R_c k   M_s t r_c c h__  _x p l__ n_d   h_w  _m p_r t_n t  _n d   h_w   m_c h  _f  _  l_f_- s_v_r   t h_  O C S S S   s p_c_  s__ t   w_l l   b_.   H_  s__ d :   " S p_c_f l_g h t  _s   n_t  _l w_y s   g l_m_r__ s .   P__ p l_  n__ d   t_  g_  t h_  b_t h r__ m ,  _v_n  _n  _  s p_c_c r_f t .   H_w  _s   t h_s   w_s t_  t r__ t_d   s_c h   t h_t  _t   d__ s   n_t   h_r m   t h_ _s t r_n__ t  _r  _v_n   k_l l   t h_m ? "   T h_  s__ t ' s   t_c h n_l_g y   c__ l d   b_ _s_d  _n   h_s p_t_l s  _n d  _n   t h_  c_m p_n g  _n d   t r_k k_n g  _n d_s t r__ s  _n   t h_  f_t_r_.

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    fashion designers and clothing experts are wondering how a new suit might change their industry the suit is a little out of this world  literally it is a spacesuit that has its own builtin toilet the hightech garb has been designed by nasa engineers to help astronauts deal with the call of nature in emergency situations in space the new suits are called the orion crew survival systems suits ocsss they will be worn by astronauts on nasas nextgeneration spacecraft orion which will venture a lot farther away from earth than previous space missions have gone the spacecraft will not be advanced enough to reach mars but will be able to carry humans around the moon and back

    the ocsss spacesuits will allow astronauts to survive for six days in emergency situations the suit is fitted with a revolutionary waste disposal system that will allow astronauts to do things like urinate and defecate without taking it off astronauts will also be able to eat in the suit nasa astronaut rick mastracchio explained how important and how much of a lifesaver the ocsss space suit will be he said spaceflight is not always glamorous people need to go the bathroom even in a spacecraft how is this waste treated such that it does not harm the astronaut or even kill them the suits technology could be used in hospitals and in the camping and trekking industries in the future

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    Fashiondesignersandclothingexpertsarewanderinghowanewsuitmi
    ghtchangetheirindustry.Thesuitisalittleoutofthisworld-literally.Itis
    aspacesuitthathasitsownbuilt-intoilet.Thehigh-techgarbhasbeend
    esignedbyNASAengineerstohelpastronautsdealwiththecallofnaturei
    nemergencysituationsinspace.ThenewsuitsarecalledtheOrionCrew
    SurvivalSystemsSuits(OCSSS).TheywillbewornbyastronautsonNAS
    A'snext-generationspacecraft,Orion,whichwillventurealotfartheraw
    ayfromEarththanpreviousspacemissionshavegone.Thespacecraftwi
    llnotbeadvancedenoughtoreachMars,butwillbeabletocarryhumansa
    roundthemoonandback.TheOCSSSspacesuitswillallowastronautsto
    surviveforsixdaysinemergencysituations.Thesuitisfittedwitharevolu
    tionarywastedisposalsystemthatwillallowastronautstodothingslikeu
    rinateanddefecatewithouttakingitoff.Astronautswillalsobeabletoeat
    inthesuit.NASAastronautRickMastracchioexplainedhowimportantan
    dhowmuchofalife-savertheOCSSSspacesuitwillbe.Hesaid:"Spacefli
    ghtisnotalwaysglamorous.Peopleneedtogothebathroom,eveninasp
    acecraft.Howisthiswastetreatedsuchthatitdoesnotharmtheastronau
    torevenkillthem?"Thesuit'stechnologycouldbeusedinhospitalsandin
    thecampingandtrekkingindustriesinthefuture.

    Free writing

    Write about spacesuit for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Spacesuit design is important to help new developments in clothes on Earth. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. SPACESUITS: Make a poster about spacesuits. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. GOING TO THE TOILET: Write a magazine article about going to the toilet in emergency situations. Include imaginary interviews with people who designed and tested the OCSSS space suit.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on spacesuits. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on what spacesuits need. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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