ex·​tra·​ve·​hic·​u·​lar ˌek-strə-vē-ˈhi-kyə-lər How to pronounce extravehicular (audio)
: taking place outside a vehicle (such as a spacecraft)
extravehicular activity

Examples of extravehicular in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The company spent about two years designing the first generation of this extravehicular activity spacesuit, an upgrade from its current flight suit. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 7 May 2024 SpaceX has unveiled its extravehicular activity (EVA) suit for spacewalks. Kate Irwin, PCMAG, 6 May 2024 Of course, to ensure the crew’s safety during extravehicular activities, the suit also has added seals and pressure valves. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 6 May 2024 The brief was for a more shock-proof and temperature-resistant watch for use on lunar expeditions and EVA (extravehicular activities), or spacewalks—temperatures could reach 120°C (248°F) in the direct glare of the sun. Chris Hall, WIRED, 5 Mar. 2024 Returning to Earth in February 2018, Vande Hei then served as the technical assistant for NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, and more recently as the assistant to the chief astronaut for extravehicular activity and robotics. Julia Musto, Fox News, 31 Mar. 2021 The problem begins when the astronaut's space suit is pressurized for a spacewalk (more technically called an extravehicular activity, or EVA), which makes the flexible fabric of the gloves hard and stiff. Eliza Strickland, Discover Magazine, 14 Sep. 2010 Astronaut Buzz Aldrin is pictured during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity on the moon. K. N. Smith, Discover Magazine, 28 July 2016 The pair’s first extravehicular activity—as astronauts call such trips outside their spacecraft—turned up mostly breccias, conglomerate rocks created by the meteorite impacts that actually formed most lunar mountains. Mike Bezemek, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1965, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of extravehicular was in 1965

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“Extravehicular.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extravehicular. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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ex·​tra·​ve·​hic·​u·​lar ˌek-strə-vē-ˈhik-yə-lər How to pronounce extravehicular (audio)
: taking place outside a vehicle (as a spacecraft)
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