May 152015

Fifty years ago, on 18 March 1965, Soviet astronaut Alexei Leonov took the first space walk.



Vocabulary and definitions

stranded – left somewhere with no way of leaving
like nothing on earth – (idiom) very good/very bad
plain sailing – going without any problems
unknown territory – a place where nobody had ever visited
inflated – filled with air or gas
can’t cope with something – can’t manage a difficult situation
presence of mind – being able to make good decisions or act quickly in a difficult situation
in Leonov’s shoes – doing what he (Leonov) did
manually – by hand
detach – to separate from something
home and dry – successfully complete something
touched down – landed
wring out – twist or squeeze something to remove water
off course – not following the right route

6 Minute English – The first space walk Transcript Video


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