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 Two astronauts from the space shuttle Discovery went on the first untethered spacewalk in ten years., "Today in history: September 16," 16 Sep. 2019 Forges that shaped casings for the space shuttle’s booster rockets. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Forget beer. Exhibition shows it was mastery of machinery that made Milwaukee hum.," 9 Sep. 2019 Now Fredo Spanos needs a space shuttle to get near them. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Don Coryell’s long-overdue ticket to Hall of Fame might be his — at last," 7 July 2019 The committee also hired independent safety experts who had experience with industrial accidents including the Deepwater Horizon explosion, the Columbia space shuttle disaster and the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident. David Gelles, New York Times, "Boeing Board to Call for Safety Changes After 737 Max Crashes," 15 Sep. 2019 Arieli admits, but the kids are engrossed by the objects and use them in unusual ways, turning an old microwave into a space shuttle dashboard, for example. Ephrat Livni, Quartzy, "This Hebrew word can help you turn inevitable chaos into creativity," 11 Sep. 2019 Hubble was launched from the Discovery space shuttle in 1990, and has been operating and studying the cosmos ever since. Shannon Stirone, WIRED, "Space Photos of the Week: Hubbub Over Hubble," 24 Aug. 2019 To get something into orbit using the space shuttle cost about $54,500 a kilogram. Nicholas Borroz, Quartz India, "There’s much more than national prestige driving India’s ambitious moon mission," 21 Aug. 2019 But unlike space shuttle crews of the past, the newest astronauts won’t be wearing those spiffy orange flight suits. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Astronauts Test Out Their Sleek New SpaceX Flight Suits," 12 Aug. 2019

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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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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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