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image                                                                    Dear friends! Our congratulations to all of you with Cosmonautics Day! On this day we celebrate the first manned space flight made on April 12, 1961 by 27-year old cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin who circled the Earth for 1 hour 48 minutes aboard the Vostok 1 spacecraft! We invite all lovers of Aero and

Space Adventures to take part in  the English Olympiad.




Task 1. Answer the questions:

1.    Who was the first Soviet cosmonaut? ________________

2.   What month was Gagarin born? ________________

3.   What was the name of Gagarin’s spacecraft? ________________

4.  Where is a holiday celebrated? ________________

5.   When is this holiday celebrated? ________________


Cosmonautics Day is a holiday celebrated in Russia and some other former USSR countries on April 12. This holiday celebrates the first manned space flight made on April 12, 1961 by the 27-year old Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. Gagarin circled the Earth for 1 hour and 48 minutes aboard the Vostok 1 spacecraft. Coincidentally, it is also the anniversary of the first Space Shuttle launch that occurred 20 years after the historic Vostok flight.

The holiday was established in the Soviet Union one year later, on

April 9, 1962. In modern Russia, it is celebrated in accordance with Article 1.1 of the Law "On the Days of Military Glory and the Commemorative Dates in Russia".

Gagarin's flight was an instant and surprising success for the Soviet space program. Gagarin became a national hero of the Soviet Union and eastern block and a famous figure around the world. Major newspapers around the globe published his biography and details of his flight. Moscow and other cities in the USSR held parades, the scale of which were second only to WWII Victory Parades. Gagarin was escorted in a long motorcade of high-ranking officials through the streets of Moscow to the Kremlin where, in a lavish ceremony, he was awarded the highest Soviet honour, the title of Hero of the Soviet Union, by the Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev.

Until today the commemoration ceremony on Cosmonautics Day starts in the city of Korolyov, near Gagarin's statue. Participants then proceed under police escort to Red Square for a visit to Gagarin's grave in the Kremlin Wall Necropolis, and continue to Cosmonauts Alley, near the Monument to the Conquerors of Space. Finally, the festivities are concluded with a visit to the Novodevichy Cemetery.

On April 7, 2011 United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution declaring April 12 as the International Day of Human Space Flight.


5 points  

Task 2:  The crossword

alien, cosmonaut, Earth,  light, planet, space, spacecraft, star, UFO 


















































































































































1._______________________ 2. _______________________ 3. _______________________ 4. _______________________ 5. _______________________ 6. _______________________ 7. _______________________ 8. _______________________

9. _______________________

9 points 


Task 3. Match the questions with the answers:




1.    What          does the    word           «space» mean? 

2.    What's the name of the nearest star? 

3.    How many planets are there in the Solar system? 

4.    List all known planets of the Solar system. 

5.    What is the name of the largest planet in the Solar system? 

6.    Name the astronaut who made the first space flight. 

7.    Who was the first to go into outer space?

8.    What is the main spaceport from which the first spaceships started?

9.    Who was the chief designer of the first spacecraft? 

10.  What is the name of the place where rockets are launched into space? 


a.       Sun

b.      Baikonur

c.       Cosmodrome

d.      Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn,

Uranus, Neptune, Pluto

e.       Alexey Leonov

f.        Yuri Alekseevich Gagarin

g.       Sergey Pavlovich Korolev 

h.      Universe

i.        Jupiter

j.        Nine



1.     _______

2.   _______ 3.  _______ 4.  _______ 5.  _______ 6.  _______ 7.  _______ 8.  _______

9.                          _______

10.                     _______

10 points 



Task 4:  The rebus (riddles)

Guess the name/word and write down the answer in English:


image  (1)

The 1st word is       ____________________


image  (2)

The 2nd word is      ____________________


image  (3)

The 3rd word is       ____________________


image  (4)

The 4th word is       ____________________


image  (5)

The 5th word is       ____________________

5 points 

Task 5. Use correct word:


The Solar System_____________ (1be) the gravitationally bound planetary system of the Sun and the objects that orbit _____________ (2orbit) it, either _____________ (3direct) or _____________ (4indirect). Of the objects that orbit the Sun directly, the _____________ (5large) are the eight planets,  with the remainder being smaller objects, such as the five dwarf planets and _____________ (6small) Solar System bodies. Of the objects that orbit the Sun indirectly—the moonstwo are

_____________ (7large) than the smallest planet, Mercury.

The Solar System _____________ (8form) 4.6 billion years ago from the gravitational collapse of a giant interstellar molecular cloud. The vast majority of the system's mass is in the Sun, with the majority of the remaining mass _____________ (9contain) in Jupiter. The four

_____________           (10                  small)          inner           planets,

Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars, are terrestrial _____________ (11 planet), being primarily _____________ (12compose) of rock and metal. The _____________ (13four) outer planets are giant planets, being substantially _____________ (14massive) than the terrestrials. The two _____________ (15large), Jupiter and Saturn, are gas giants, being composed mainly of hydrogen and helium; the two outermost planets, Uranus and Neptune, _____________ (16be) ice giants, being composed mostly of substances with relatively high melting points compared with hydrogen and helium, called volatiles, such as water, ammonia and methane. All eight planets _____________ (17have) almost circular orbits that lie within a nearly flat disc called the ecliptic.

17 points 

Task 6. Match the pictures with their names:


1.                 Nikolai Kibalchich (1853-1881)

2.                Sergei Korolev (1906-1966)

3.                Valentin Glushko (1908-1989)

4.               Alexey Bogomolov (1913-2009)











1.       ________________

2.      ________________

3.      ________________

4.      ________________

4 points 


Total: 50 points Good luck!

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