command module

noun

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 Swigert joined the Apollo 13 crew just three days before the mission because the original command module pilot, Thomas Mattingly, had been exposed to measles. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "A Brief History of Astronauts in Congress," 9 Nov. 2020 Apollo 15 command module pilot Al Worden campaigned for but lost the Republican primary for Florida's 12th district seat in the House of Representatives in 1982. Robert Z. Pearlman, Scientific American, "Mark Kelly Becomes 4th Astronaut Elected to Congress," 6 Nov. 2020 Immediately, alarm lights flared in the command module and at Mission Control. Alice George, Smithsonian Magazine, "Fifty Years Ago, the Crew of the Damaged Apollo 13 Came Home," 8 Apr. 2020 Among the artifacts highlighted on the Open Access portal are Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed Vega 5B plane, a portrait of Pocahontas, a chunk of Smithsonite and the Apollo 11 command module. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "How to Virtually Explore the Smithsonian From Your Living Room," 18 Mar. 2020 In 1971, the Apollo 15 moon mission ended successfully as its command module splashed down in the Pacific Ocean. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 7 Aug. 2020 Swigert flipped switches inside the command module. Meg Jones, USA TODAY, "50 years after Apollo 13, Commander James Lovell sees the mission's failure as a triumph," 12 Apr. 2020 The astronauts managed to power up their command module, avoiding short circuits but creating a rainfall inside as the spacecraft decelerated in the atmosphere. Marcia Dunn, The Christian Science Monitor, "Apollo 13 turns 50: The space mission that gripped the world," 12 Apr. 2020 One of the mechanical engineers for Apollo 11’s command module now living in the Stoneridge Creek senior living community in Pleasanton is just one example. Dylan Bouscher, The Mercury News, "Political cartoons: NASA marks 50th anniversary of Apollo 11," 18 July 2019

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1962, in the meaning defined above

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“Command module.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/command%20module. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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