Thursday, November 13, 2014

European Space Agency - Probe lands on a comet! - English Lesson

The European Space Agency has succeeded to land an unmanned probe on a comet!  The comet is on its way toward the sun, so the probe will be able to document all the chemical and physical changes that will occur as the comet comes close to the sun. This is a historic landmark moment, or is it?


Read the article and discuss it with your English teacher
http://learningenglish.voanews.com/content/spacecraft-makes-historic-landing-on-comet/2518068.html

Key Terms
probe
comet
deployed
harpoons
ground controllers
thrusters
mission
joint effort
icy treasure chest
origins

Questions

What is the goal of this space flight?
Why is it important?
Which countries contributed to the mission?
How far away is the comet from Earth?
How close will the comet come to the sun?
How much money did the mission cost?
Is the cost worth the knowledge that will be gained?
Have you ever seen a comet?
Which scientific advances have been made because of space exploration?


Lesson Plan by Rachael Alice Orbach - Professional English Teacher


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