lander

noun
land·​er | \ ˈlan-dər How to pronounce lander (audio) \

Definition of lander

: one that lands especially : a space vehicle that is designed to land on a celestial body (such as the moon or a planet)

Examples of lander in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Plans call for a rover to stay in the lander for a few days of diagnostic tests before rolling down a ramp to explore an area of Mars known as Utopia Planitia. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 20 May 2021 Plans call for a rover to stay in the lander for a few days of diagnostic tests before rolling down a ramp to explore an area of Mars known as Utopia Planitia. Ken Moritsugu, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 May 2021 Last year, Congress appropriated $850 million for the lunar lander, well short of NASA’s $3.3 billion request. Washington Post, 17 June 2021 In 2022, the agency intends to dispatch a single low-frequency radio spectrometer via a commercial lunar lander. Chris Wright, Wired, 15 June 2021 The lunar lander’s first mission is slated for 2024. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 28 May 2021 The ascent from the moon and the docking of Columbia and the lunar lander proved flawless. Richard Goldstein, New York Times, 28 Apr. 2021 Once in orbit around the moon, astronauts will either transfer directly to the new lunar lander for descent to the surface or will first utilize Gateway as a research platform and way station. William Harwood, CBS News, 27 Apr. 2021 After being launched into space by a rocket, the astronauts entered orbit around the Moon and then used a lunar lander to travel to the surface and back to the orbiting command module. Mike Wehner, BGR, 22 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of lander

1859, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

17 Jul 2021

Cite this Entry

“Lander.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lander. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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