space shuttle

noun

Definition of space shuttle

: a reusable spacecraft designed to transport people and cargo between earth and space

Examples of space shuttle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For the feds, this price tag is remarkably cheaper than the space shuttle, which cost over $1 billion per flight. Clive Thompson, The New Republic, "Monetizing the Final Frontier," 3 Dec. 2020 Rounding out the crew are NASA astronaut Walker, who flew on a Soyuz mission to the ISS in 2010, and Soichi Noguchi of the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency, who’s flown aboard both NASA’s space shuttle and the Soyuz spacecraft. Gregg Newton, National Geographic, "SpaceX launch kicks off regular commercial flights into orbit," 15 Nov. 2020 After a decade of wandering in the wilderness, with no independent access to space following the space shuttle's retirement, NASA is about to be back in the business of flying astronauts, thanks to this public-private partnership. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "It’s launch day for the historic Crew-1 mission to the space station," 15 Nov. 2020 In May, SpaceX made history by launching NASA astronauts into space from U.S. soil for the first time since 2011, following the retirement of the space shuttle. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "NASA has certified Elon Musk's SpaceX to carry astronauts, ending its reliance on Russia," 11 Nov. 2020 Everything in orbit eventually falls back to earth, and Skylab didn’t have a way to maintain its altitude without the space shuttle, which didn’t take its maiden flight until 1981. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "What Comes After the International Space Station?," 27 Oct. 2020 If the test goes well, the agency could conduct a hot fire test of the core stage and its four main space shuttle engines by the last week of December. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: SN8 meets its fate, SLS Green Run tests to resume next week," 11 Dec. 2020 However, that critical bit of information was never relayed to the head of the space shuttle program, Jesse W. Moore, according to the subsequent investigation, known as the Rogers Commission. Erik Olsen, Popular Science, "Ralphie from ‘A Christmas Story’ could have been the first child in space. Then disaster struck.," 23 Dec. 2020 As far back as 1990, its stealth Prowler satellites—launched from space shuttle Atlantis—crept around Russian spacecraft. Sarah Scoles, Wired, "There Are No Real Rules for Repairing Satellites in Space—Yet," 10 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of space shuttle

1950, in the meaning defined above

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“Space shuttle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/space%20shuttle. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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space shuttle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of space shuttle

: a spacecraft that can be used more than once and that carries people into outer space and back to Earth

space shuttle

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Kids Definition of space shuttle

: a spacecraft designed to transport people and cargo between earth and space that can be used repeatedly

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