outer space


Definition of outer space 

: space immediately outside the earth's atmosphere broadly : interplanetary or interstellar space

Examples of outer space in a Sentence

a satellite in outer space Is there life in outer space?

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Although Christian Siriano is known for his stunning, often dramatic red carpet gowns, Sarafyan's swoon-worthy dress quite literally looked like all the stars in outer space were brought down to Earth in gown form. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Angela Sarafyan’s Sparkling Christian Siriano Gown Just Won All the Emmys," 17 Sep. 2018 In 2014, Mary Robinette Kowal earned a Hugo Award for her novelette The Lady Astronaut of Mars, set in an alternate history in which humanity is prompted to colonize outer space after a devastating meteor strike that destroys Washington, DC. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "12 fantastic science fiction and fantasy novels that you should check out this July," 1 July 2018 Neilson has turned the partially darkened main gallery inside Spaces into an outer space observatory that eavesdrops on satellite transmissions beaming data to Earth. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Spaces explores outer space with Heidi Neilson's "Ground Station" (photos)," 10 Jan. 2018 But there's a lot more to Carol's story than being an alien from outer space. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The trailer for Captain Marvel is finally here, and it’s spectacular," 18 Sep. 2018 Today, Maezawa is worth $2.9 billion, according to Forbes, which is apparently more than enough to get to outer space. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Who Is Yusaku Maezawa? Everything You Want to Know About the First-Ever Moon Tourist," 18 Sep. 2018 Each episode is narrated by astronauts, invoking the unique perspectives of those who have seen our planet from outer space. Hanneke Weitering, Space.com, "Earth's Shields Protect Life from the Sun on 'One Strange Rock'," 9 Apr. 2018 SpaceX is taking the first steps in its final tests to transport humans into outer space. Chris Morris, Fortune, "SpaceX Lays the Groundwork For Manned Spaceflight," 8 May 2018 Gagarin was the first human to journey into outer space. John Petkovic, cleveland.com, "Yuri Gagarin, first man in space, still celebrated 57 years later (photos)," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of outer space

1842, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of outer space

: the region beyond the Earth's atmosphere in which there are stars and planets

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Kids Definition of outer space

: the region beyond earth's atmosphere and especially beyond the solar system

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