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Debate: Should Space Exploration Be Competitive or Collaborative?

China’s space program is growing quickly. The country recently sent three Chinese astronauts, known as taikonauts, to its new space station, and hopes to eventually send them to the moon. While the U.S. is vigorously pursuing a space program of its own, it is forbidden by law to cooperate with China due to China’s human rights violations. Some see the new frontier of space as a fresh opportunity for global cooperation, while others say a space race between countries with incompatible values is inevitable. Listen to learn more about China’s space program and then debate: Should space exploration be competitive or collaborative?


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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • What was one of Malala Yousafzai’s first experiences with the dangers of religious extremism?
  • After miraculously surviving her attack, what has Malala focused her work on?
  • What is the message that Malala is trying to send to those in power?
  • What does Malala want to do in the future?
  • What are the goals of Malala’s mission to support girls?

Discussion Themes

  • What is your opinion on Malala’s message about the power of education?
  • Why do you think that ISIS might want to silence people like Malala?

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