The Reading / Listening - UAE Mars Mission - Level 5

The UAE space agency has launched a historic mission to Mars. The Hope probe went into space from a spaceport in Japan. The probe is on a 500-million-km journey to study the climate on the Red Planet. Hope should arrive in Mars' orbit in February 2021. This coincides with the 50th anniversary of the UAE. The Emirates Mars Mission will stay in the Martian orbit for 687 days. It will collect and analyse samples of the Martian atmosphere. Scientists in Dubai hope their findings will help us understand how Mars lost a lot of its air and water. There may also be a few surprises.



The UAE has joined the ranks of pioneering space giants such as the USA, Russia and China. Entering the field of space exploration proves the ambitions of this young country. A UAE newspaper explained how momentous the Hope probe is. It wrote: "It's an understatement to say that the UAE made history last night....The UAE has catapulted itself...into the future - a future of insight and intelligence, beyond mere imagination." It added: "For more than 400 million Arabs in the world...[the launch] was a moment that epitomised an eternity."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    UAE Mars Mission - Level 4 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. went into space from a
  2. The probe is on a 500-
  3. coincides with the 50th anniversary
  4. stay in the Martian orbit
  5. analyse samples of the
  6. their findings will help
  7. Mars lost a lot of
  8. There may also be
  1. for 687 days
  2. its air and water
  3. spaceport in Japan
  4. a few surprises
  5. of the UAE
  6. Martian atmosphere
  7. million-km journey
  8. us understand

Paragraph 2

  1. the ranks of pioneering
  2. the field of space
  3. proves the ambitions of
  4. The UAE has catapulted itself
  5. a future of insight
  6. beyond mere
  7. For more than 400 million
  8. a moment that epitomised
  1. into the future
  2. Arabs in the world
  3. imagination
  4. space giants
  5. an eternity
  6. this young country
  7. and intelligence
  8. exploration

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The UAE space (1) ___________________ a historic mission to Mars. The Hope probe went into space (2) ___________________ in Japan. The probe is on a 500-million-km journey to                    (3) ___________________ on the Red Planet. Hope should arrive in Mars' orbit in February 2021. This coincides with                             (4) ___________________ of the UAE. The Emirates Mars Mission will stay in the Martian orbit for 687 days. It will collect                    (5) ___________________ of the Martian atmosphere. Scientists in Dubai hope their findings will help us understand how Mars lost a lot of its air and water. There may also (6) ___________________ surprises.

The UAE has (7) ___________________ of pioneering space giants such as the USA, Russia and China. Entering the field of space exploration (8) ___________________ of this young country. A UAE newspaper explained (9) ___________________ Hope probe is. It wrote: "It's an understatement to say that the UAE (10) ___________________ night....The UAE has catapulted itself...into the future - a (11) ___________________ and intelligence, beyond mere imagination." It added: "For more than 400 million Arabs in the world...[the launch] was a moment (12) ___________________ eternity."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheUAEspaceagencyhaslaunchedahistoricmissiontoMars.TheHope
probewentintospacefromaspaceportinJapan.Theprobeisona500-m
illion-kmjourneytostudytheclimateontheRedPlanet.Hopeshouldarr
iveinMars'orbitinFebruary2021.Thiscoincideswiththe50thanniversa
ryoftheUAE.TheEmiratesMarsMissionwillstayintheMartianorbitfor68
7days.ItwillcollectandanalysesamplesoftheMartianatmosphere.Sci
entistsinDubaihopetheirfindingswillhelpusunderstandhowMarslosta
lotofitsairandwater.Theremayalsobeafewsurprises.TheUAEhasjoine
dtheranksofpioneeringspacegiantssuchastheUSA,RussiaandChina.
Enteringthefieldofspaceexplorationprovestheambitionsofthisyoung
country.AUAEnewspaperexplainedhowmomentoustheHopeprobeis.
Itwrote:"It'sanunderstatementtosaythattheUAEmadehistorylastnig
ht....TheUAEhascatapulteditself...intothefuture-afutureofinsighta
ndintelligence,beyondmereimagination."Itadded:"Formorethan40
0millionArabsintheworld...[thelaunch]wasamomentthatepitomised
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)

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Free writing

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Answers

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