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 delay comes roughly a decade after NASA awarded Boeing a more than $4 billion contract as part of the agency's Commercial Crew Program, which pays private companies to ferry astronauts to and from the space station after the space shuttle was retired in 2011. John Helton, NPR, 18 May 2024 As the group cheers accelerating out of their small Oregon town, the film’s sound mix grows into the furious turbulence of a space shuttle breaking out of the Earth’s atmosphere. J. Kim Murphy, Variety, 9 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for space shuttle 

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Word History

First Known Use

1950, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of space shuttle was in 1950

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“Space shuttle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

space shuttle

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

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