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

Kehlet: [Apollo 11's command module] had the best-performing engine and equipment. Jennifer Bogo, Popular Mechanics, "The Oral History of Apollo 11," 17 July 2018 Also still alive are both 86-year-old Alfred Worden (Apollo 15) and 82-year-old Ken Mattingly (Apollo 16), who was supposed to be in the command module for Apollo 13, but was replaced by Swigert. Richard Tribou,, "With Alan Bean's death, only four living moon walkers still with us," 29 May 2018 Lightning struck the command module Yankee Clipper shortly after liftoff during a thunderstorm at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Gabrielle Banks, Houston Chronicle, "BEAN OBIT," 26 May 2018 Gordon continued to circle the moon in the command module, the Yankee Clipper, looking down from 70 miles above. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "Alan L. Bean, Apollo 12 astronaut who walked on the moon, dies at 86," 26 May 2018 Gordon continued to circle the moon in the command module, the Yankee Clipper, looking down from 70 miles above. The Washington Post,, "Alan Bean, fourth man to walk on the moon, dies at 86," 26 May 2018 There were big problems with the design of the lunar lander, which also acted as a lifeboat in case something went wrong with the command module. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "First space mission to the moon recounted in new book," 21 May 2018 Kurson puts us in the command module as the astronauts read movingly from the Book of Genesis and on Christmas Eve, as Bill Anders takes the historic photo that astounded America and the world. George Petras, USA TODAY, "Story of Apollo 8's historic 1968 mission soars in Robert Kurson's fine 'Rocket Men'," 13 Apr. 2018 Commander Jim Lovell, command module pilot Jack Swigert and lunar module pilot Fred Haise were due to set down on the Fra Mauro highlands of the Moon. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Apollo 13's harrowing week in space began 48 years ago," 12 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'command module.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of command module

1962, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about command module

Share command module

Statistics for command module

Last Updated

12 Mar 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for command module

The first known use of command module was in 1962

See more words from the same year

Comments on command module

What made you want to look up command module? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to boil down or concentrate

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt-painting-a-young-scholar-and-his-tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!