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Debate: Should Satellite Missile Testing Be Allowed?

Anti-satellite missiles (ASAT) are defensive weapons, meant to repel attacks launched with nuclear or space-based weapons. Countries that possess ASAT technology, including the U.S., India, and China, occasionally test their weapons by exploding their own satellites in space. The explosions produce thousands of pieces of orbital debris which remain in space, polluting the atmosphere and potentially harming people working on space stations. Some are calling for a ban on all ASAT testing, while others say the tests are a necessary part of a country’s military defense plan. Listen to learn about the consequences of Russia’s recent ASAT test and then debate: Should satellite missile testing be allowed?


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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?

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  • 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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