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)

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The spacecraft that launched Monday is carrying an orbiter, lander and rover that will move around on the lunar surface for 14 Earth days. Washington Post, "India launches spacecraft to explore water deposits on moon," 23 July 2019 Unlike Chandrayaan-1, which consisted only of an orbiter, Chandrayaan-2 includes an orbiter, a lander, and a rover. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "India's historic moon mission launches toward lunar south pole," 22 July 2019 The Chandrayaan-2, which weighs 3.8 tons and carries 13 payloads, has three elements -- lunar orbiter, lander and rover, all developed by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). Helen Regan, CNN, "Chandrayaan-2: Second try for India as it attempts Moon mission launch," 22 July 2019 The spacecraft is carrying an orbiter, a lander and a rover that will move around on the lunar surface for 14 earth days. NBC News, "India launches unmanned moon mission a week after it was aborted," 22 July 2019 After that point, on September 7, the Vikram lander and Pragyan rover will separate from the orbiter and descend to the surface of the Moon, targeting a region near 70 degrees south on the lunar surface. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "India has launched an ambitious mission to the Moon," 22 July 2019 The craft’s lander and rover are now slated to reach the moon’s south pole in early September. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "How Google Extracted Itself From Three More Lawsuits—Data Sheet," 22 July 2019 With a fleet of new landers and rovers in the works from nations and companies around the world, humans aren’t finished exploring the moon by a long shot. Jay Bennett, Smithsonian, "Interactive Map Shows All 21 Successful Moon Landings," 19 July 2019 China's Chang'e 4 mission landed a lander and rover there last January. Fox News, "India aborts Moon mission launch, citing technical glitch," 15 July 2019

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1859, in the meaning defined above

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