space shuttle


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 The Human Spaceflight Center and Astronaut Training Academy will be led by company president Janet Kavandi, a former astronaut who flew on three space shuttle missions and retired from NASA in 2019. Richard Tribou, Orlando Sentinel, 14 June 2022 The space shuttle program was launched following the Apollo-era mission to land on the moon. Los Angeles Times, 1 June 2022 Our space shuttle docked with the Russian space station Mir. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 7 July 2022 The aircraft is designed to take off atop a rocket, and then return to Earth on its own wings, landing itself much as the original space shuttle designs. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 23 June 2022 During his tenure as a radio voice in Indianapolis, Lehr covered 9/11, the war in the Middle East, the loss of the space shuttle Columbia, the stock market troubles of 2008-09 and the inaugurations of four presidents. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, 23 June 2022 That’s because these exercises literally take the astronaut outside of the confines of their space shuttle. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 22 June 2022 Scientists are continuing to use a collection of decades old blood samples taken from space shuttle astronauts to understand the impacts of spaceflight stress on human health. Allison Gasparini, Forbes, 6 June 2022 Sonia Chang-Díaz, left, pictured as a young girl with her father, Franklin Chang Díaz, and her sister, Liz, inside a NASA space shuttle simulator. Matt Stout,, 1 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of space shuttle

1950, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of space shuttle was in 1950

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29 Jul 2022

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“Space shuttle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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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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