rock·​e·​teer | \ ˌrä-kə-ˈtir How to pronounce rocketeer (audio) \

Definition of rocketeer

1 : one who fires, pilots, or rides in a rocket
2 : a scientist who specializes in rocketry

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Among his subjects are people participating in Mars simulations, those who are enthralled with the search for intelligent alien civilizations, and amateur rocketeers. Robert Ormerod, National Geographic, "Why Space Fans Flock to This Eerie Landscape," 9 Apr. 2018 But Utah’s rocketeers are try to capitalize on another boom—literally and figuratively. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Solid Rocket City: The Utah Space Center Fighting for Its Life," 4 Apr. 2018 These days any rocketeer wishing to get staggeringly pie-eyed and maybe moon the Moon will have to hitch a ride with another space agency altogether. David Arky, Smithsonian, "How Do You Make Beer in Space?," 20 Mar. 2018 Cocoa Beach Mayor Ben Malik, a banker by day, noted that jobs are making a big comeback, with so many private rocketeers and other aerospace businesses hitting town. Marcia Dunn, The Seattle Times, "SpaceX’s hot new monster rocket ready for first test flight," 4 Feb. 2018 But in the minds of a few rocketeers on both sides of the Iron Curtain, the old idea of the Earth's artificial moon suddenly transformed from an abstract theoretical concept into a potentially practical task. Anatoly Zak, Popular Mechanics, "The Rocket That Launched Sputnik and Started the Space Race," 4 Oct. 2017 These student rocketeers have been trained to execute without adult supervision since all communication between instructors and students is prohibited at the competition. South Charlotte, charlotteobserver, "Student rocket teams from Victory Christian Center School soar to triumph," 2 May 2017 In the aftermath of World War II, German rocketeer Wernher von Braun— Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "SpaceX Wants to Go to Mars. Here’s Why Humans Aren’t There Yet.," 27 Sep. 2016 For reinventing the book by day and moonlighting as a rocketeer Wired Staff, WIRED, "The 2004 Wired Rave Awards," 1 Apr. 2004

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First Known Use of rocketeer

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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