The Reading / Listening - UAE Mars Mission - Level 4

The UAE space agency launched a historic mission to Mars. Its Hope probe went into space on a 500-million-km journey to study the climate on Mars. Hope should arrive in Mars' orbit in February 2021. This coincides with the UAE's 50th anniversary. The Emirates Mars Mission will stay in the Martian orbit for 687 days. It will collect samples of the Martian atmosphere. Scientists hope this will help us understand how Mars lost a lot of its air and water.



The UAE joined the ranks of space giants such as the USA and Russia. Entering the field of space exploration proves how ambitious the UAE is. A newspaper explained how momentous the Hope probe is. It wrote: "The UAE has catapulted itself...into the future - a future of insight and intelligence, beyond mere imagination. For more than 400 million Arabs in the world...[the launch] was a moment that [was like] an eternity."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    UAE Mars Mission - Level 5 or  UAE Mars Mission - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-53394737
  • https://www.khaleejtimes.com/editorials-columns/uae-did-not-just-make-history-today-it-made-the-future-
  • https://www.thenational.ae/uae/science/uae-joins-elite-space-race-nations-as-mars-probe-makes-first-contact-1.1051676


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 :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. The UAE space agency launched
  2. went into space on a
  3. study the climate
  4. This coincides with the UAE's
  5. stay in the Martian orbit
  6. It will collect samples of the
  7. Scientists hope this will help us
  8. how Mars lost a lot
  1. Martian atmosphere
  2. 50th anniversary
  3. understand
  4. on Mars
  5. 500-million-km journey
  6. of its air and water
  7. for 687 days
  8. a historic mission

Paragraph 2

  1. The UAE joined the ranks
  2. the field of space
  3. proves how ambitious
  4. The UAE has catapulted itself
  5. a future of insight
  6. beyond mere
  7. more than 400 million
  8. a moment that was like
  1. an eternity
  2. into the future
  3. exploration
  4. Arabs in the world
  5. of space giants
  6. and intelligence
  7. imagination
  8. the UAE is

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The UAE space (1) ___________________ historic mission to Mars. Its Hope (2) ___________________ space on a 500-million-km journey to study the climate on Mars. Hope should arrive in Mars' orbit in February 2021. This (3) ___________________ UAE's 50th anniversary. The Emirates Mars Mission will stay in the (4) ___________________ 687 days. It will (5) ___________________ the Martian atmosphere. Scientists hope this will help us understand how Mars lost a (6) ___________________ air and water.

The UAE joined (7) ___________________ space giants such as the USA and Russia. (8) ___________________ of space exploration (9) ___________________ the UAE is. A newspaper explained how momentous the Hope probe is. It wrote: "The UAE has catapulted itself...into the future - a (10) ___________________ and intelligence, (11) ___________________. For more than 400 million Arabs in the world...[the launch] was a moment that was (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheUAEspaceagencylaunchedahistoricmissiontoMars.ItsHopeprob
ewentintospaceona500-million-kmjourneytostudytheclimateonMar
s.HopeshouldarriveinMars'orbitinFebruary2021.Thiscoincideswitht
heUAE's50thanniversary.TheEmiratesMarsMissionwillstayintheMar
tianorbitfor687days.ItwillcollectsamplesoftheMartianatmosphere.S
cientistshopethiswillhelpusunderstandhowMarslostalotofitsairandw
ater.TheUAEjoinedtheranksofspacegiantssuchastheUSAandRussia.
EnteringthefieldofspaceexplorationproveshowambitioustheUAEis.A
newspaperexplainedhowmomentoustheHopeprobeis.Itwrote:"The
UAEhascatapulteditself...intothefuture-afutureofinsightandintelli
gence,beyondmereimagination.Formorethan400millionArabsinthe
world...[thelaunch]wasamomentthat[waslike]aneternity."

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)

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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