launching pad


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Recent Examples on the Web Even fewer would have used it as a launching pad to transcend sport and transform his life into an inspiration for fans around the globe. Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star, "5 things to know about race car driver Alex Zanardi," 23 June 2020 As a result, the station became a launching pad for several future legends, from David Bowie and Rush to Bruce Springsteen and Patti Smith. cleveland, "Revisiting the World Series of Rock 1979 in all its insanity and greatness," 17 June 2020 The action – including the crucial battle to hold Guadalcanal, the launching pad for Operation Vengeance – unfolds as the reader gets to know the two main protagonists, Mitchell and Yamamoto. David Holahan, USA TODAY, "Review: Dick Lehr's 'Dead Reckoning' recreates thrilling WWII mission to get Isoroku Yamamoto," 10 June 2020 Under the deal between the U.S. and the Taliban, the insurgents promised not to allow Afghanistan to be a launching pad for terrorist attacks on the U.S. and to enter into peace talks with the Afghan government. NBC News, "Taliban has kept close ties with al Qaeda despite promises to Trump admin, U.N. report says," 26 May 2020 President Donald Trump and Mike Pence, who is chairman of the National Space Council, were at Kennedy Space Center to watch Hurley and Behnken lift off from storied launch pad 39A, which was also used for the Apollo and space shuttle programs. Fox News, "SpaceX spacecraft docks with International Space Station on historic NASA mission," 1 June 2020 SpaceX leased the historic launch pad a few years ago and since then has given it a facelift. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "SpaceX Launched Two Astronauts—Changing Spaceflight Forever," 30 May 2020 Hoping for the best, Hurley and Behnken donned their pressure suits and headed for the launch pad around 1:20 p.m. William Harwood, CBS News, "Stormy weather delays SpaceX Crew Dragon launch to Saturday," 28 May 2020 Those are exactly the conditions in which the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley tried—and failed—to get off the launch pad on May 27, for the historic first crewed launch from American soil since 2011. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "Why SpaceX's Historic Mission Needs to Wait Until Saturday for a Second Attempt," 28 May 2020

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First Known Use of launching pad

1951, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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26 Jun 2020

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“Launching pad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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