ex·​tra·​ve·​hic·​u·​lar | \ ˌek-strə-vē-ˈhi-kyə-lər How to pronounce extravehicular (audio) \

Definition of extravehicular

: taking place outside a vehicle (such as a spacecraft) extravehicular activity

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The exhibit includes more than 20 of the Smithsonian’s Apollo 11-related artifacts, including the medical kit flown on the Apollo 11 mission, Aldrin’s extravehicular gloves and the NASA Apollo 11 command module, Columbia. NBC News, "Where on Earth to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing," 17 July 2019 Then, the crew receives a realistic task that requires them to slip on their spacesuits for extravehicular activity (EVA). Sarah Scoles, WIRED, "A New Kind of Space Camp Teaches the Art of Martian Medicine," 25 June 2019 The suits used for extravehicular activities are basically personal spacecraft and cost over $10 million dollars each. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, "Here’s What a $52 Million Ticket to the ISS Will Get You," 11 June 2019 During the 4-hour, 10 minute extravehicular activity, both astronauts attached tethers to their suits and worked with the cradle that supported the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, the first of its kind to launch. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Astronaut Don Peterson, who performed first shuttle spacewalk, dead at 84," 29 May 2018 During the 3-day flight, Cernan became the second American to go on a spacewalk, and the third person to ever perform extravehicular activity (EVA), staying outside of the spacecraft in his suit for 2 hours and 7 minutes. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Last Astronaut to Walk on the Moon, Gene Cernan, Dies at 82," 16 Jan. 2017 As their brand name might tell you, Southern and his partner Nikolay Moiseev specialize in clothing for outer space, namely intravehicular (IVA) for inside a ship, and extravehicular (EVA) for outside, space suits. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Intergalactic Fashion Is Trending on the Runways, But It Has Nothing on the Real Thing," 3 Apr. 2018 In Edge of Home, travel to the International Space Station and experience the thrill of an extravehicular activity walk while learning about each module. Smithsonian, "Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex's handheld digital," 30 Jan. 2017 This year, during a series of 30-day missions inside HERA, four-member crews tested hardware and space food and practiced extravehicular activities on a virtual asteroid, one possible stepping stone on the path to Mars. Philip Toledano, National Geographic, "8 Amazing Places You Can Visit ‘Mars’ on Earth," 12 Dec. 2016

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1965, in the meaning defined above

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