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Working and Living on the International Space Station

NASA is teaming up with SpaceX to send a crew of astronauts to the International Space Station. Astronaut and geologist Jessica Watkins will be on this mission, and she will become the first Black woman to live in space for an extended period of time. In this interview, Watkins discusses the research her crew will conduct. She also explains what it has been like training for the mission and the importance of collaboration in space. Listen to hear details about the mission and to learn how Watkins feels about joining the legacy of Black women astronauts.


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Story Length: 6:30

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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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