News (Intermediate)

3 February 2003
Space Shuttle Columbia Explodes

You will hear a story about the space shuttle Columbia. Listen and put in the missing words.

The space shuttle Columbia exploded at 9am yesterday. It was due to land at the Kennedy Space Centre Florida USA at 9:16 am.

All seven astronauts on board . It was travelling at a speed of 2012 kilometres hour and was just 64 kilometres from earth the accident happened.

The Columbia had been on a mission. Scientists had been testing cancer cells and spider in space. It had been away for 16 days.

Bush told Americans, ‘the Columbia is lost. There are survivors.’


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