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.

 

Vocabulary

  • 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