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 Back in February, the White House asked for $3.37 billion in fiscal year 2021 to accelerate development of the lander. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Congress may allow NASA to launch Europa Clipper on a Falcon Heavy," 7 July 2020 Jeff Bezos's rocket company, Blue Origin, and SpaceX are among the companies competing for a contract to build a crew-worthy lunar lander. Jackie Wattles, CNN, "This is the company NASA wants to deliver its 'water-hunting' robot to the Moon," 11 June 2020 Costing $828 million, the InSight lander was the space agency’s first probe to reach the Red Planet in six years, following the August 2012 landing of the Curiosity Rover. Fox News, "NASA has a 'mole' problem on Mars," 9 July 2020 In the same month-long launch window—which occurs every 26 months, when the planet aligns with Earth for easier traversal—it will likely be joined by China’s Tianwen-1 orbiter and lander, also a first mission to Mars for the rising space power. Jonathan O'callaghan, Scientific American, "Summer on Mars: NASA's Perseverance Rover Is One of Three Missions Ready to Launch," 7 July 2020 The plan calls for the golf-cart-sized VIPER to roll off of Astrobotic’s lander at a still-undetermined locale in the vicinity of the moon’s south pole in 2023. Leonard David, Scientific American, "NASA’s Hunt for Lunar Water Intensifies," 24 June 2020 The accelerated timeline has been widely criticized as unrealistic, given ongoing delays with the rocket NASA plans to use for the mission and the need to develop a lunar lander. Jackie Wattles, CNN, "NASA picks new head of human spaceflight as astronaut launches return to US soil," 12 June 2020 For its first mission, Vulcan will launch Astrobotic's Peregrine lander to the Moon, which in turn is part of NASA's CLPS program to send payloads to the lunar surface. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Brazil opens equatorial launch site, Kerbal launch slips," 12 June 2020 Astrobotic's lunar lander is designed only to carry robots and other cargo. Jackie Wattles, CNN, "This is the company NASA wants to deliver its 'water-hunting' robot to the Moon," 11 June 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'lander.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of lander

1859, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about lander

Time Traveler for lander

Time Traveler

The first known use of lander was in 1859

See more words from the same year

Statistics for lander

Last Updated

28 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Lander.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on lander

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with lander

Britannica English: Translation of lander for Arabic Speakers Encyclopedia article about lander

Comments on lander

What made you want to look up lander? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

July 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • papercraft sunset
  • Which is a synonym of mien?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!