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 oldest human in space was John Glenn, who flew on the space shuttle at age 77 in 1998 — after having been the first American to orbit the earth in 1962, a U.S. senator and a presidential candidate. NBC News, 14 June 2021 In the early days of the space shuttle, NASA had a different perspective. Washington Post, 8 June 2021 Glenn campaigned hard to be sent back into orbit, and in 1998 got his wish: a nine-day mission on the Discovery space shuttle. Glenn C. Altschuler, Star Tribune, 28 May 2021 The Senate has confirmed former Florida Sen. Bill Nelson, who once flew on the space shuttle, to be the next NASA administrator. Fox News, 30 Apr. 2021 Hubble was visited by space shuttle Atlantis in May 2009 and continues to produce spectacular data to this day. Marcel Agüeros, Wired, 18 May 2021 Selected for the job: former space shuttle commander Pam Melroy. Marcia Dunn,, 10 May 2021 In 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope was deployed in orbit from the space shuttle Discovery., 25 Apr. 2021 McArthur is a veteran space shuttle astronaut who helped service the Hubble Space Telescope. William Harwood, CBS News, 23 Apr. 2021

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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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23 Jun 2021

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“Space shuttle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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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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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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