Task 1. Work in pairs. Read the following piece of news, then ask and answer the questions. (Làm việc theo cặp. Đọc đoạn tin tức sau đây, sau đó yêu cầu và trả lời các câu hỏi.)
On 15th October, 2003, China launched its first manned spacecraft into space. The spacecraft was called ‘Shenzhou 5’. Yang Liwei, China's first astronaut, was 38 years old then. The successful flight marked a milestone in China's space project. China became the third country in the world to be able to independently carry out manned space flights.
Vào ngày 15 tháng 10 năm 2003, Trung Quốc phóng tàu vũ trụ đầu tiên có người lái vào không gian. Tàu vũ trụ được gọi là "Thần Châu 5". Yang Liwei, phi hành gia đầu tiên của Trung Quốc, lúc đó 38 tuổi. Chuyến bay thành công đánh dấu một sự kiện quan trọng trong kế hoạch không gian của Trung Quốc. Trung Quốc trở thành nước thứ ba trên thế giới có thể độc lập thực hiện những chuyến bay không gian có người lái.
1. When did China launch its first manned spacecraft into space?
⟶ On 15th October 2003.
2. What was the name of the spacecraft?
⟶ The spacecraft was called “Shenzhou 5".
3. Who was the astronaut? How old was he?
⟶ Yang Liwei. China's first astronaut, was 38 years old.
4. How important was the flight?
⟶ The successful fliglit marked a milestone in China's space project.
Task 2. Work in groups. Take turns to talk about the important events in space exploration. (Thay phiên nhau nói về các sự kiện quan trọng trong việc thăm dò không gian.)
1. On 4th October, 1957, the USSR launched its first artificial satellite, sputnik, into space. It marked as the beginning of Space Aae.
2. On 3rd November, 1957, first living being in space was a dog named Laika. It was abroad in sputnik 2.
3. On 12th April l961, Yuri Gasarin, a Russian cosmonaut became the first human in space. He was 27 years old then. He made a 108 - minute flight.
4. On 16th June, 1963, a Russian cosmonaut. Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space.
5. On 20th July, 1969, first humans to set foot on the moon were Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. They were American astronauts.
6. On 23th July, 1980, Pham Tuan became the first Vietnamese in space. He was along with v..v... Gorbotko, a Russian cosmonaut. They stayed 8 days in orbit.
7. On 29th October, 1998, the oldest human every to fly into space was John Glenn, an American astronaut. He was 77 years old.
8. On 15th October, 2003, Yang Liwei became the first Chinese in space, 38 years old. He spent 21 hours in space.