US Remembers 40-Year Anniversary of Moon Landing


Neil Armstrong
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U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong made the historic first step on the Moon from Apollo 11's landing craft called the Eagle. Armstrong summed up the momentous event with one simple, elegant phrase:

"That's one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind."


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Breaking The Da Vinci Code




US Remembers 40-Year Anniversary of Moon Landing

By Jessica Berman


16 July 2009

Note: There might be more than one answer to some of the questions. 


Forty years ago, on July 20, 1969, the first person (1) ________ on the moon, a monumental feat  that captivated an audience of one billion people around the globe and (2) heralded in the era of modern space flight.

"That's one small step for man; one giant (3) leap for mankind."

The moon landing was seen as the high point of a U.S. space program (4) ______ by a decade-long space race with the former Soviet Union. Twelve years before the historic Apollo 11 mission, the Soviets successfully

(5) ______ the first artificial satellite called Sputnik into Earth's orbit.

The accomplishment was soon followed by cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin's historic (6) manned spaceflight into Earth's orbit in 1961. That same year, then President John F. Kennedy vowed in a speech before the U.S. Congress to put a man on the moon.

"I believe that this nation should commit itself (7)______ achieving the goal before this decade is out of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to Earth," President Kennedy said.

The U.S. Moon mission came on July 16, 1969, when Armstrong, (8)______ with astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, climbed into Apollo 11's command module called Columbia atop a gigantic Saturn V rocket and (9) blasted off.

It took the Apollo 11 four days to enter lunar orbit.

On the far side of the Moon, out of communication with mission controllers, the Eagle moon lander separated (10) ______ the Apollo command module. Upon descent, alarms went off telling the astronauts that the automatic guidance system was steering the lander toward a boulder-strewn crater instead of a relatively flat landing site called the Sea of Tranquility.

Neil Armstrong took manual control of the guidance system and, with just 20 seconds of fuel remaining, coasted to a landing.

The tense moment had ended as Mr. Armstrong radioed mission control.

"Houston, Tranquility base here," he said. "The 'Eagle' has landed."

Armstrong carefully descended the steps of the landing module 6.5 hours after touching down on the powdery lunar surface.

Neil Armstrong described the landscape.

"It has a stark beauty all of its own," said Armstrong. "It's much like the high desert of the United States. It's different but it's very pretty out here."

The president at the time, Richard Nixon, watched the breathtaking event on television with the rest of the world. In a telephone hook up to the Apollo 11 astronauts, Mr. Nixon paid tribute to their history-making accomplishment.

"Because of what you have done, the heavens have become a part of man's world. For one priceless moment in the whole history of man, all the people on this Earth are truly one, one in their pride in what you have done," he said.

During the two-and-a-half hour moon walk, the astronauts frolicked in the weightlessness of outer space and planted an American flag in the lunar surface. They conducted several experiments, gathering up lunar rocks and soil.

More than 21 hours after their famous walk, astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin fired up the Eagle and rejoined Mike Collins aboard the Columbia command module for the flight back home.

Astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first human to step on the Moon, observed the extraordinary accomplishment of the Apollo 11 mission forever established a lasting legacy in space flight.

(12) The important achievement of Apollo was a demonstration that humanity is not forever chained to this planet, and our visions go rather further than that and our opportunities are unlimited," Armstrong said.

Thus began the modern space age and the promise of future space exploration.


Multiple choice questions:

1. A) fell foot

    B) put foot

    C) set foot

    D) had foot

2. Which is Not one of the synonyms to “herald”

    A) proclaim

    B) announce

    C) declare

    D) report                                             back ↑

3.What does “leap” mean here?

   A) the advancement of astronomy

   B) the discovery of the universe

   C) the evidence on the moon  

   D) the finding of the relationships among planets

4.A) fueled

   B) advocated

   C) disputed

   D) competed

                                                                 back ↑

5.A) shot

   B) launched

   C) cast

   D) tossed

6. What does “manned” mean here?

    A) controlled

    B) established

    C) composed

    D) operated                                        back ↑

7.A) for

   B) to

   C) with

   D) of

8.A) accompanied

   B) along

   C) joined

   D) worked                                            back ↑

9. What does “blast off” mean here?

    A) The spaceship exploded

    B) The spaceship landed

    C) The spaceship crashed

    D) The spaceship took off

10.A) with

     B) by

     C) from    

     D) of

                                                                  back ↑

11. What is True about this report?

      A) Armstrong was speechless when he landed on the moon.

      B) There was a crisis on their trip to the moon but solved eventually.

      C) The moon landing mission was accomplished during the time of Richard Nixon.

      D) They didn’t take back substances from the moon until the next mission.                  back ↑

12. What does Armstrong imply?

     A) There are more possibilities in the outer space.

     B) There might be other species on some of the planets.

     C) Earth might not be the only suitable place for us to live.

     D) We might figure out more about the moon in the future.                                                back ↑

Source: http://www.voanews.com/english/2009-07-16-voa37.cfm


1.C 2. D 3. A 4. A 5. B 6. D 7. B 8. B 9. D 10. C 11. B&C 12. A


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