space shuttle

noun

Definition of space shuttle

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

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Anything that can closely approach another space object, like the space shuttle sent to service the Hubble, also has the potential to be used as a weapon. Deanna Paul, Anchorage Daily News, "Space: The final legal frontier," 1 Sep. 2019 The first commercial space shuttle sends loony Ted and his former girlfriend on a trip to the moon. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 15, 2019: ‘Alien,’ ‘Aliens’ and more," 13 Sep. 2019 Anything that can closely approach another space object, like the space shuttle sent to service the Hubble, also has the potential to be used as a weapon. Deanna Paul, Anchorage Daily News, "Space: The final legal frontier," 1 Sep. 2019 Anything that can closely approach another space object, like the space shuttle sent to service the Hubble, also has the potential to be used as a weapon. Deanna Paul, Washington Post, "Space: The final legal frontier," 31 Aug. 2019 The space shuttle Endeavour arrived at the international space station to deliver the third and final component of a billion-dollar Japanese lab. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 17 July 2019 She's flown on three space shuttle missions: in 2006, 2007 and 2010. Rachel Crane, CNN, "One of these 12 women astronauts will go to the moon," 21 June 2019 Ever since the space shuttle program ended in 2011, American astronauts bound for the International Space Station have had to hitch a ride with the Russians. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, "A Leaky Component Caused the SpaceX Crew Dragon Explosion," 15 July 2019 The United States hasn't been able to fly humans into orbit since the space shuttle program ended in 2011. Ahiza Garcia, CNN, "SpaceX thinks it knows what went wrong aboard Crew Dragon," 15 July 2019

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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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