Q75. Updated reading and writing fill in the blanks

Reading and Writing fill in the blanks practice exercise. Below is text with blanks. Choose the correct word for each blank to complete the text.  

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Friday at 1845 GMT (1445 EDT), reaching (1……………) 9 minutes later. The rocket lofted an uncrewed mockup of SpaceX’s Dragon capsule, which is designed to one day carry both crew and cargo to orbit. ‘This has been a good day for SpaceX and a (2………….) development for the US human spaceflight program,’ said Robyn Ringuette of SpaceX in a webcast of the launch. In a teleconference with the media on Thursday, SpaceX’ CEO, Paypal co-founder Elon Musk, said he would consider the flight 100 percent successful if it reached orbit. ‘Even if we prove out just that the first stage functions correctly, I’d still say that’s a good day for a test.’ He said. ‘It’s a great day using they if both stages work correctly.’SpaceX hopes to win a NASA (3…………….) to launch astronauts to the International Space Station using the Falcon 9. US government space shuttles, which currently make these trips, are (4…………….) to retire for safety reasons at the end of 2010.

1. orbit, space, satellites, asteroid
2. engaging, encouraging, promising, daunting
3. contact, construction, contract, connection
4. scheduled, scattered, smoothened, slaughtered 

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