lunar module


Definition of 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 In addition, rising carbon dioxide levels in the lunar module threatened to poison the astronauts. Alice George, Smithsonian Magazine, "Fifty Years Ago, the Crew of the Damaged Apollo 13 Came Home," 8 Apr. 2020 Under the direction of Glynn Lunney, the flight director whose shift followed Mr. Kranz’s, the Apollo 13 astronauts scrambled into the lunar module, which served as their lifeboat. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, "50 Years Ago, 3 Astronauts Survived Apollo 13. Could It Happen Again?," 13 Apr. 2020 Snoopy, the 50-year-old NASA lunar module that helped with the first Moon landing during the Apollo 10 mission, may have been found by an amateur team of astronomers. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Lunar Module That's Been Floating Through Space for 50 Years May Have Been Found," 11 June 2019 The engineers also calculated an engine burn by the lunar module to get Apollo 13 on a trajectory back to Earth, and figured out how to restart the command module with the limited power available. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, "50 Years Ago, 3 Astronauts Survived Apollo 13. Could It Happen Again?," 13 Apr. 2020 There were four cartridges from the lunar module and four from crew backpacks. Fox News, "On this day 50 years ago, Apollo 13 blasted off on its dramatic, ill-fated mission," 12 Apr. 2020 As the lunar module pilot, Mr. Haise would have become the sixth man to walk on the moon, following Mr. Lovell onto the dusty gray surface. Marcia Dunn, The Christian Science Monitor, "Apollo 13 turns 50: The space mission that gripped the world," 12 Apr. 2020 Aldrin said, referring to the lunar module, shortly after the Eagle lunar lander touched down on the surface of the moon July 20, 1969. Fox News, "Moon landing: Buzz Aldrin took Holy Communion, read this Bible verse on lunar surface," 19 July 2019 The mission planners feared that the lunar module could become instantly mired, or just sink out of sight, gobbled up like candy. Anchorage Daily News, "How did NASA put men on the moon? One harrowing step at a time.," 23 June 2019

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1967, in the meaning defined above

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“Lunar module.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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