This month’s podcast

The Mars Science Laboratory

In August 2012, the new Mars Science Laboratory ‘Curiosity’ will land on Mars. Listen to the podcast, or download it to your computer.



  • mission a special journey for an important purpose
  • telescope an instrument for looking at things that are a long distance away
  • probes spacecraft without people. They get information and send it back to Earth.
  • space rover a spacecraft that can move around the surface of a planet
  • parachute a piece of cloth that is attached to someone or something when they fall out of a plane or space rocket. The cloth allows them to fall more slowly and safely.
  • rocket a spacecraft in the shape of a tube

Comprehension check