English B2 FCE

Multiple Choice - (B2) First Certificate of English

For Questions 1-8, read the text below and decide which answer (A, B, C or D) best fits each gap. There is an example at the beginning (0).

The first space tourist

On Saturday, April 28th 2001, a 60-year old multi-millionaire from New York was sitting on board a Russian spaceship. He was on a (0) JOURNEY to the International Space Station. It might a routine trip for the two cosmonauts who were travelling with him, but for the millionaire it was certainly no (1) ............ trip. Dennis Tito was the first tourist (2) ............ in space, and he had paid a (3) ............ of $20 million to get there. As the spacecraft left the earth's atmosphere, Tito drank a glass of fruit juice and looked down at the earth's blue-green (4) ............. Two minutes later, he was sick. Luckily, it was only a minor problem. He recovered soon and from then on enjoyed a smooth journey. When he arrived at the space station, there was a big smile on his face. "A great trip!", he commented. "I loved it". For a long time, space travel was (5) ............ for heroes. But experts say all this is going to change. Businessmen are (6) ............ large sums of money in space travel. Tito's adventure is just the beginning. "We are going to see regular space tourism in the next 30 years," says Charles Miller, director of a company called ProSpace. His company, together with many others, want space and space travel to belong to the public, not just the governments. There are other plans, like cruises through space from one side of the world to the other. Maybe we will be able to depart from New York at nine in the morning and (7) ............ an hour later in Tokyo. Such a schedule would allow the business travellers to return to New York on the (8) ............ day, and still have eight hours for a meeting! How's that for speed?

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