The Reading / Listening - Dark Side of the Moon - Level 5

China is the first nation to land a spacecraft on the far side of the moon. A Chinese television station announced that the lunar spaceship, Chang'e 4, touched down on the moon on Thursday. Professor Zhu Menghua said the success of the mission was a major milestone for China. He said it means China is a pioneer in space exploration. He told reporters: "We Chinese people have done something that the Americans have not dared try." Sun Zezhou, chief designer of Chang'e-4, said: "Landing on the far side of the moon is more risky than landing on the near side."



The Chang'e-4 probe sent photographs back to Earth soon after it landed on the moon. China's space administration said the mission had, "lifted the mysterious veil" from the far side of the moon and "opened a new chapter in human lunar exploration". Mr Zezhou spoke about the significance of the program. He said it would, "help lay the foundation for future space exploration." He added that China would explore the moon, asteroids, "and even the whole solar system". China also has plans to launch a returnable spacecraft (Chang'e 5) by 2020.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Dark Side of the Moon - Level 4 or  Dark Side of the Moon - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/2180594/change-4-landing-dark-side-moon-marks-start-chinas-space-race-us
  • http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-01/03/c_137717597.htm
  • https://www.foxnews.com/science/china-successfully-lands-spacecraft-on-far-side-of-moon-state-media-says


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. the first nation to
  2. touched
  3. a major milestone
  4. China is a pioneer in space
  5. We Chinese people have done
  6. the Americans have not
  7. chief
  8. Landing on the far side of the
  1. dared try
  2. land a spacecraft
  3. moon is more risky
  4. for China
  5. designer
  6. down on the moon
  7. something
  8. exploration

Paragraph 2

  1. soon after it landed
  2. the mission had lifted
  3. a new chapter in human
  4. it would help lay
  5. future space
  6. China would
  7. the whole solar
  8. plans to launch a returnable
  1. explore the moon
  2. lunar exploration
  3. spacecraft
  4. on the moon
  5. system
  6. the mysterious veil
  7. exploration
  8. the foundation

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

China is the first (1) ___________________ a spacecraft on the far side of the moon. A Chinese television station announced (2) __________________ spaceship, Chang'e 4, touched down on the moon on Thursday. Professor Zhu Menghua said (3) ___________________ the mission was a major milestone for China. He said it means China (4) ___________________ in space exploration. He told reporters: "We Chinese people have done something that the Americans (5) ___________________ try." Sun Zezhou, chief designer of Chang'e-4, said: "Landing on the far side of the moon is (6) ___________________ landing on the near side."

The Chang'e-4 probe sent photographs back to Earth soon (7) ___________________ on the moon. China's space administration said the mission had, "lifted (8) ___________________" from the far side of the moon and "opened (9) ___________________ in human lunar exploration". Mr Zezhou spoke about the significance of the program. He said it would, "help lay the foundation (10) ___________________ exploration." He added that China would explore the moon, asteroids, "and (11) ___________________ solar system". China also has (12) ___________________ a returnable spacecraft (Chang'e 5) by 2020.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Chinaisthefirstnationtolandaspacecraftonthefarsideofthemoon.ACh
inesetelevisionstationannouncedthatthelunarspaceship,Chang'e4,t
oucheddownonthemoononThursday.ProfessorZhuMenghuasaidthe
successofthemissionwasamajormilestoneforChina.HesaiditmeansC
hinaisapioneerinspaceexploration.Hetoldreporters:"WeChinesepeo
plehavedonesomethingthattheAmericanshavenotdaredtry."SunZez
hou,chiefdesignerofChang'e-4,said:"Landingonthefarsideofthemoo
nismoreriskythanlandingonthenearside."TheChang'e-4probesentp
hotographsbacktoEarthsoonafteritlandedonthemoon.China'sspace
administrationsaidthemissionhad,"liftedthemysteriousveil"fromthe
farsideofthemoonand"openedanewchapterinhumanlunarexploratio
n".MrZezhouspokeaboutthesignificanceoftheprogram.Hesaiditwoul
d,"helplaythefoundationforfuturespaceexploration."HeaddedthatC
hinawouldexplorethemoon,asteroids,"andeventhewholesolarsyste
m".Chinaalsohasplanstolaunchareturnablespacecraft(Chang'e5)by
2020.

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 — Write your own questions

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

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

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Free writing

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Answers

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