International Space Station

international space station

We explore the international space station, a large research laboratory where astronauts from different countries visit to experiment and test new technology in space.

  • Time

    20-30 minutes

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  • Topic

    Technology - International Space Station

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Did you know that there’s a research laboratory in space? In this video, Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques describes its size.

You will hear an interview with an astronaut called Fred Lucatoni, who recently spent six months living on the International Space Station. Listen to the interview and look at the questions. For each question, choose the correct answer, A, B or C.

1. Fred compares the length of the space station to that of a

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2. What does Fred miss most about being on the space station?

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3. What aspect of life on board the space station did Fred sometimes find difficult?

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4. What does Fred say about the food that they eat?

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5. When Fred had to do an experiment using ants, he

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6. How did Fred feel about the people working in the control centre?

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7. While Fred was on the space station, what did he most look forward to doing back on Earth?

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8. In Fred’s opinion, the most important quality for an astronaut is being able to

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  • colleague
  • comforting
  • desperate
  • expedition
  • follow commands
  • incredible
  • monitoring
  • muscle and bone
  • personal supply
  • run experiments
  • shipshape
  • space station

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