land·​er | \ˈlan-dər \

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)

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The lander is shaped like a round table with four carbon fiber legs, Reuters reports. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Virgin goes Italian, SpaceX’s giant net, a nuclear launcher," 13 July 2018 The company had partnered with India’s TeamIndus, which had built a lander and had a launch contract. Sarah Scoles, WIRED, "The Japanese Space Bots That Could Build ‘Moon Valley’," 14 May 2018 In December, the China National Space Agency (CNSA) will launch a chin-high, 2,500-pound lander called Chang’e-4 to the South Pole-Aitken Basin, at the southern end of the lunar far side. NBC News, "China plans historic mission to the moon's 'dark' side," 15 June 2018 Over the course of two Earth years, the lander will try to answer fundamental questions about Mars' deep interior, including the thicknesses of its onion-like layers, and how rapidly Mars is cooling. Emily Lakdawalla, Popular Mechanics, "Meet InSight: The Mission To Measure Marsquakes and Unlock the Red Planet," 30 Apr. 2018 Once Queqiao arrives at L2, the NCLE will wait its turn until after the Chang'e 4 lander has achieved its main mission: exploring the South Pole-Aitken Basin, a huge far side depression. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "China’s moon mission will probe cosmic dark ages," 16 May 2018 Those cubesats use inexpensive off-the-shelf technology and will help monitor the lander’s descent. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "NASA launches InSight spacecraft on $1B mission to peek below the surface of Mars," 5 May 2018 The lander InSight is set to take off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California in the wee hours of Saturday morning, the beginning of a six and a half month journey to the Red Planet. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Watch NASA launch its quake-detecting Mars lander Saturday morning," 4 May 2018 The primary instrument on the Viking landers, a gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer, used heat to try and find these molecules. Ashley May, USA TODAY, "NASA may have burned best proof of life on Mars by accident over 40 years ago," 12 July 2018

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1859, in the meaning defined above

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