The first Arab female astronaut, Rayyanah Barnawi, is part of a crew of space tourists who are visiting the International Space Station for eight days.
The first Arab female astronaut, Rayyanah Barnawi, has blasted into space. She is part of a crew of space tourists who are visiting the International Space Station for eight days. As well as having a holiday, the tourists will conduct independent research, according to space company, Axiom.
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Key words and phrases
🔎 out of this world – incredible; very good
– I had some amazing cake yesterday – it was out of this world.
– I went to an incredible concert last weekend – the music was out of this world.
🔎 swoop – fly quickly and efficiently
– The eagle swooped down from the mountain and caught a mouse.
– The plane swooped onto the runway.
🔎 paves the way – makes something possible
– The successful scientific trial will pave the way for new medicines.
– A university degree often paves the way for a successful career.
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✔️ 0:00 – Introduction
✔️ 0:21 – Story
✔️ 1:06 – Headline 1: Out of this world welcome for landmark astronaut arrivals on International Space Station – 9 News Australia
✔️ 2:40 – Headline 2: SPACEX TOURISTS SWOOP INTO INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION – Futurism
✔️ 3:51 – Headline 3: Axiom’s Second Flight Paves the Way for a Commercial Space Station – The Japan Times
✔️ 4:55 – Language summary
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