lunar module


: a space vehicle module designed to carry astronauts from the command module to the surface of the moon and back

called also lunar excursion module

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The view from the lunar module’s pilot-side window during the 1971 Apollo 15 mission simply shows haze as dust streaks blow by. Samantha Masunagastaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 21 Nov. 2022 But the lunar module was … key to the whole program. Seth Borenstein, Detroit Free Press, 18 Oct. 2022 With David Scott piloting the Apollo 9 craft, the lunar module disengaged from it, orbited more than 100 miles away and then returned to it. Richard Goldstein,, 17 Oct. 2022 That was followed by his second spaceflight as the commander of Apollo 9 mission — which launched from NASA's Kennedy Space Center on March 3, 1969 — alongside command module pilot David Scott and lunar module pilot Russell Schweickart. Gina Martinez, CBS News, 17 Oct. 2022 Aldrin is also selling the lunar module activations checklist that he was supposed to leave on the moon, but decided to bring back to Earth. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 July 2022 Also on sale is the Eagle lunar module's circuit breaker switch, which infamously broke during the mission, threatening to leave Armstrong and Aldrin stranded on the moon's surface. CNN, 19 July 2022 And the effort required to lope stiff-legged across the powdery surface guzzled the air and cooling water in his backpack, limiting his time outside the relative safety of the lunar module. Outside Online, 23 June 2021 Linklater takes the appealing concept of putting a kid in the lunar module, teased right there at the outset, and sets it aside for more than 52 minutes. Peter Debruge, Variety, 13 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1967, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lunar module was in 1967

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“Lunar module.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

lunar module

: a part of a space vehicle designed to carry astronauts from the command module to the surface of the moon and back

called also lunar excursion module

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