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English Pronunciation News: Space Shuttle Program Ends

Watch the video and read the news of 6/18/2011. Learn rules of American English pronunciation and follow the links below to get more information. Read other English pronunciation news reports.

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NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, will end its 30 year space shuttle program next month. They will pay Russia 63 million a seat in order to fly U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station until U.S. spacecraft are available again. The last space shuttle to fly will be the Atlantis which is set to launch July 8th.

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NA-suh -- the first A is the short A as in "cat," and the second A reduces to "uh"
acronym (abbreviated name) for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
air-o-NAH-dics -- the T becomes a light D because it is between vowel sounds.
the science of flight
SHU-dul -- theT reduces to a light D between vowel sounds as well as L or R
space travel vehicle that is suitable for people
SEET -- use a stopped T or light T
A-stro-naht -- use a stopped T
a person who is trained to fly into space
inner-NA-shun-ul -- you can often let T be silent if it is after an N
concerning/involving more than one or many nations
LAST -- do speak a final T if it comes after a consonant
at-LAN-tis or at-LAN-is -- T may not be reduced in formal situations because this is a name, but may reduce in informal situations
name of the shuttle
set to launch
SET t'launch -- pause after "set" with a stopped T, then reduce "to" and combine it with the word that follows
is scheduled to start or go forward

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