Definition of astronaut
: a person who travels beyond the earth's atmosphere; also : a trainee for spaceflight
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The space suit worn by every U.S. astronaut since Project Apollo.
The last thing NASA wants to do is deliver the first Martian astronauts straight into the lair of the Great Galactic Ghoul.
That’s right, the powder form of the drink the astronauts took to the moon.
Heroes and Legends, Kennedy Space Center, Florida At Heroes and Legends, augmented reality brings holograms of astronaut royalty to life.
Buzz Aldrin, the former Apollo 11 U.S. astronaut who along with mission commander Neil Armstrong became one of the first two people to walk on the moon in 1969, was at the White House for the signing ceremony.
The beloved Pixar film about a toy cowboy named Woody, his boy Andy, and Andy's new astronaut toy Buzz Lightyear is over 20 years old but its story endures even now.
In that time, astronauts have walked on the moon and even endured more than a year in microgravity.
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Origin and Etymology of astronaut
astr- + -naut (as in aeronaut)
First Known Use: 1928See Words from the same year
ASTRONAUT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of astronaut for English Language Learners
: a person who travels in a spacecraft into outer space
ASTRONAUT Defined for Kids
Definition of astronaut for Students
: a person who travels beyond the earth's atmosphere : a traveler in a spacecraft
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