space shuttle


Definition of space shuttle

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

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This theory is borne out by the (rather freaky) fact that clocks on the space shuttle—whether internal clocks or atomic clocks placed aboard for experimental purposes—run more slowly than reference clocks on Earth. Popular Mechanics, "Will We Ever Be Able to Time Travel Into the Past?," 24 Dec. 2018 This failure raises serious questions about the future of the International Space Station, as, since the space shuttle's retirement in 2011, the Soyuz spacecraft and rocket were the only means by which crews have been able to reach it. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "A Soyuz crew makes an emergency landing after rocket fails," 11 Oct. 2018 Since the retirement of the space shuttle in 2011, the U.S. has been relying on Russian Soyuz rockets, launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, to get astronauts to the International Space Station. James Rogers, Fox News, "NASA's Parker Solar Probe set to 'touch the Sun' on historic mission," 9 Aug. 2018 Over the years, Rogers and his show dealt with the assassination of Robert Kennedy Jr. and the explosion of the Challenger space shuttle. Karla Peterson,, "On Father's Day, a new documentary reveals Mister Rogers the man is as timeless as his message," 15 June 2018 Since the retirement of the space shuttle in 2011, the U.S. has been relying on Russian Soyuz rockets, launched from Kazakhstan, to get astronauts to the ISS. James Rogers, Fox News, "NASA set to announce astronauts for SpaceX, Boeing missions," 3 Aug. 2018 That is double the maximum number of flights the Atlas V (2014 and 2015) and space shuttle (1985) performed during their most prolific years. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "The Falcon 9 rocket may reach 50 launches on Tuesday," 4 Mar. 2018 Bush declared that the pieces of the Constellation program would be ready to replace the space shuttle upon the venerable craft's retirement and put U.S. astronauts on the moon no later than 2020. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Not Going Back to the Moon: A Brief Timeline," 27 Mar. 2019 Three astronauts died in a fire during a 1967 rehearsal for Apollo 1, and two space shuttles broke up in flight, the Challenger in 1986 and the Columbia in 2003, taking 14 lives. WSJ, "Leaps for Humankind," 22 Feb. 2019

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1950, in the meaning defined above

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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

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

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