China's scientific expedition to the Moon has sent back its first photos of the lunar surface. A robot called the Jade Rabbit became the first vehicle to traverse the Moon's volcanic ash since America's Apollo missions four decades ago. Scientists at China's mission control were ecstatic as the first high-quality images came through of an area of the Moon known as the Bay of Rainbows. The photos showed the rover with theChinese flag clearly visible against the dark of space. Jade Rabbit is expected to test soil samples ahead of the possible mining of the Moon's rocks and minerals. A Chinese scientist said: "China's lunar programme is an important component of mankind's activities to explore the peaceful use of space."
The South China Morning Post described the Moon landing as a landmark achievement in Chinese history. It wrote: "The world long ago sat up and took notice of China's rapid rise as a space power….But nothing compares with the scientific and technological significance of the landing on the moon at 9.12 on Saturday night." It said the mission, "has transformed China's dream of putting a man on the moon into a given; soonerrather than later". China's science fiction writers are also overjoyed with their country's success. Chen Qiufan described his vision of the future, saying: "I think everything will look differently when a Chinese person looks at Earth from the Moon." He added: "I expect that day will come."
中国月球科学之旅发回了来自月球表面的首张照片。自从美国阿波罗探月任务40年之后，这个名叫“玉兔”的机器人成为了首个能够跨越火山灰的月球车 。当高质量图片经过月球彩虹湾传到地面时，中国控制中心的科学家兴奋不已 。插着中国国旗的月球车在黑色背景下清晰可见 。玉兔将有望检测土壤状况，未来还有可能对月球岩石和矿产进行开采 。中国科学家称：“中国的月球计划是人类探索有用空间等人类活动的重要组成部分 。
1.moon landing 登月
例句：The speech surfaced about 10 years ago, around the 30th anniversary of the first moon landing?
2.volcanic ash 火山灰
例句：Airlines have cancelled 500 flights in Scotland and northern England as a plume of volcanic ash spreads from Iceland.
3.compare with 与…相比较
例句：How does your bike compare with mine?
4.take notice of 注意到
例句：Nature has certain characteristics, and we would do well to take notice of them as we seek to turn our dreams into reality.
1. What did the Jade Rabbit take photos of?
a) the lunar surface
2. What was the name of the last missions to the Moon?
3. What's the name of the area the Jade Rabbit photographed?
a) the Ray of Bainbows
b) the Rainbow Bay
c) the Volcanic Ash Bay
d) the Bay of Rainbows
4. What will the rover take samples of?
5. What uses of space does China want to explore?
a) peaceful ones
b) military ones
c) science fiction ones
d) information technology ones
6. What kind of achievement did a newspaper describe the landing as?
a) land marking
b) marked land
c) marking land
7. What kind of rapid rise is China having?
a) a historical one
b) a phenomenal one
c) as a space power
d) a significant one
8. What time did the rover touch down on the Moon?
9. Who was overjoyed with China's success?
c) science fiction writers
10. Who does one writer expect will go to the Moon?
a) China's president
b) a Chinese person
c) his daughter