space shuttle

noun

Definition of space shuttle 

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

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Since the space shuttle program ended in 2011, the Russian Soyuz rocket system has been the only way for astronauts to access the ISS. Mary Beth Griggs, The Verge, "Russia’s space agency reveals why last month’s rocket launch failed," 1 Nov. 2018 The exploration program spreads those funds around to four principal contractors who once played a key role in the space shuttle program and now supports the SLS rocket and Orion. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "SLS contractor gets real, says program needs to focus on “affordability”," 29 Oct. 2018 In 2011, Atlantis thundered into orbit on a cargo run that would close out the three-decade U.S. space shuttle program. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 8 July 2018 The space shuttle flew military missions in the 1980s and early 1990s. Elizabeth Howell, Space.com, "Trump's Space Force Push Reopens Arguments About Military in Space," 20 June 2018 During the heyday of the space shuttle, NASA would routinely ferry classified payloads into orbit for the Department of Defense among other projects the agencies have collaborated on. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "The U.S. Military Has Been in Space From the Beginning," 20 June 2018 In 1995, the space shuttle Atlantis and the Russian Mir space station linked in orbit, beginning a historic five-day voyage as a single ship. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 29 June 2018 The godmother for Thursday's christening ceremony will be a former astronaut, Anna Fisher, who worked on NASA's Orion spacecraft project in addition to flying on a space shuttle. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "New Viking Cruises ship boasts high-tech planetarium," 14 June 2018 While certainly a scrub is possible—much could derail the fueling process that will begin about 90 minutes before launch—a rocket this powerful has not launched from Earth since the final space shuttle flight in 2011. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "SpaceX’s colossal Falcon Heavy has taken flight [Updated]," 6 Feb. 2018

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1950, in the meaning defined above

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space shuttle

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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

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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