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

Examples of lunar module in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On the Apollo 10 mission in May 1969, General Stafford flew in orbit around the moon with Commander Cernan in their lunar module, named Charlie Brown, while Capt. John W. Young of the Navy remained in orbit in their space capsule, Snoopy, awaiting their return. Richard Goldstein, New York Times, 18 Mar. 2024 Glued to the small television screen in the common area at a mountainous resort, Rosano watched a news broadcast as the Apollo 11 landed on the moon and Armstrong later stepped out of the lunar module to walk on its surface. Eric Lagatta, USA TODAY, 25 Jan. 2024 Don’t Be Seduced By The Ease Of Technology In the 1990s, NASA shuttered the Apollo program, storing the rocket, capsule and lunar module plans on microfiche and two paper copies, each irreparably damaged within a short time. Ann Kowal Smith, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024 The company says Griffin is the largest lander since the Apollo lunar module. George Petras, USA TODAY, 20 Jan. 2024 The lead contender for the first art on the moon would have touched down in 1969 on the lunar module of the Apollo 12 mission. Meghan Bartels, Scientific American, 21 Feb. 2024 And the Apollo lunar module never stayed on the lunar surface with a crew for more than three days. Stephen Clark, Ars Technica, 17 Nov. 2023 On that mission, commander Pete Conrad manually guided his lunar module to a location about 535 feet (163 meters) from the robotic Surveyor 3 lander, which the Apollo 12 astronauts visited during their exploration of the Moon. Stephen Clark, Ars Technica, 25 Jan. 2024 Cooper was a surface operations engineer, helping guide the lunar module. John Branch, New York Times, 9 Dec. 2023

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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 24 Apr. 2024.

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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