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 The samples will then be shuttled by the same rover or a robotic helicopter to a lander with a rocket. The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 Sep. 2022 The lander was designed to accomplish the mission's primary science goals in its first Mars year. Julia Musto, Fox News, 18 May 2022 The lander is also intended to gauge natural resources, including water, at the moon’s south pole and investigate the effects of cosmic rays and electromagnetic radiation on the lunar surface. Leonard David, Scientific American, 25 Apr. 2022 This lander was supposed to set down at the lunar south pole to investigate the accessibility of water ice and other minerals. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 13 Apr. 2022 The stationary lander is expected to collect lunar regolith and study the moon’s atmosphere. Joe Mario Pedersen,, 4 Jan. 2022 Half of each rover would anchor to the rim, then belay its partner down to the main lander on the crater floor. Chris Wright, Wired, 15 June 2021 The lander is shaped like a triangular prism, and a cage of metal tubing encloses a platform where scientific instruments are mounted. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 22 July 2020 Since then, Congress has increasingly funded other elements needed to make Artemis real, including SpaceX's lunar lander and spacesuits for the lunar surface. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 23 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of lander

1859, in the meaning defined above

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15 Sep 2022

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“Lander.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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