WHAT IS A SATELLITE?

Choose the best answer to each question. Then check your answers.

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1. What is a satellite?

2. Most of the satellites orbiting the Earth are...

3. The first artificial satellite was...

4. It was launched in...

5. Its name was...

6. Satellites are mainly used for...

7. There is a geostationary satellite 36,000 km above the...

8. Satellites help us to forecast the weather by observing ...

9. They provide the military with information about...

10. What do satellites enable us to do in our daily lives?

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SPEAKING

1. Work in small groups. The President of the United States has asked you for advice. He needs to decide what to spend his budget on. He believes there are four priorities:

- technology, including space programmes and communications satellites.
- healthcare, because many people in the USA do not have access to free healthcare.
- the military so that the USA can help to prevent/solve conflicts around the world.
- education so that poorer people in the USA have access to university education.

There is only enough money for two of these priorities. Decide on the two most important priorities and prepare arguments to support your ideas.

2. Present your ideas to the President (the class).

3. Listen to the other groups' ideas and make a note of anything you disagree with.

4. Discuss the ideas with the class.

5. Vote on the best arguments.

WRITING

What satellite technology do you and your family use at home? Who uses them? When do they use them and what for?

Write a short composition. Think about the following:

- mobile phones

- television

- SatNav (GPS)

- internet

End with a short conclusion, describing the advantages of these technologies.

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