command module


Definition of command module

: a space vehicle module designed to carry the crew, the chief communication equipment, and the equipment for reentry

Examples of command module in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web April 28, age 90 | Apollo 11 astronaut who orbited alone in the command module Columbia while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin went to the surface of the moon in 1969. Washington Post, 22 Dec. 2021 Breakdowns in communication have led to some of the worst accidents in NASA history: the 1967 fire in the command module of Apollo 1, the Challenger explosion in 1986, and the Columbia tragedy in 2003. Alex Roland And Ken Bowersox, Popular Mechanics, 8 July 2021 Many remember him as one of the three men who died in the pre-launch test for the Apollo 1 mission after a fire erupted in the command module interior. Layne Van Vranken, Chron, 2 Dec. 2021 But a man with that name was already sitting in the command module next to Wilmore. Miriam Fauzia, USA TODAY, 3 Sep. 2021 The telescope was in Chamber A, the gigantic vacuum chamber at the Space Center where the command module for Apollo was tested. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021 In addition to Jim Irwin, other members of the Apollo 15 crew included commander David R. Scott and command module pilot Alfred M. Worden. James A. Jones Jr.,, 7 Aug. 2021 While the command module pilot, Alfred Worden, remained in orbit around the moon, the commander, David Scott, and the lunar module pilot, James Irwin, set down on the Hadley-Apennine landing site. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, 22 July 2021 Michael Collins, the American astronaut who flew the Apollo 11 Columbia command module around the moon by himself while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the lunar surface, passed away on April 28, 2021 at age 90, after battling cancer. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, 28 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of command module

1962, in the meaning defined above

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“Command module.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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