space shuttle


Definition of space shuttle 

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

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In 1995, the space shuttle Atlantis and the Russian Mir space station linked in orbit, beginning a historic five-day voyage as a single ship., "This day in history," 29 June 2018 The godmother for Thursday's christening ceremony will be a former astronaut, Anna Fisher, who worked on NASA's Orion spacecraft project in addition to flying on a space shuttle. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "New Viking Cruises ship boasts high-tech planetarium," 14 June 2018 While certainly a scrub is possible—much could derail the fueling process that will begin about 90 minutes before launch—a rocket this powerful has not launched from Earth since the final space shuttle flight in 2011. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "SpaceX’s colossal Falcon Heavy has taken flight [Updated]," 6 Feb. 2018 With the space shuttle program, that moisture was also an issue but the drying only had to happen over weeks or months. Rebecca Santana, The Christian Science Monitor, "How to make space exploration less expensive? Reuse the rockets.," 3 July 2018 McAuliffe planned to keep a journal during her space shuttle mission, Dunn writes. Mika Mckinnon, Smithsonian, "In Stellar Tribute, Astronauts Teach “Lost Lessons” From Educator Who Died on Challenger," 22 Jan. 2018 The problem, according to Hadfield, is that those classic space shuttles would simply take too long to get to Mars. Fox News, "NASA shocker: Astronaut reveals humans could have been on Mars in the 1960s," 10 July 2018 Hadfield flew into Earth orbit three times, including two trips aboard the space shuttle and one aboard the troubled Russian Mir space station. NBC News, "Why astronaut Chris Hadfield isn't afraid of death," 4 July 2018 Robert and Heike Pfieffer, who owned the vehicle in the ’80s, reconfigured the mobile home into a space shuttle. Kaya Laterman, New York Times, "Monetizing the Space Shuttle Cafe," 28 June 2018

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1950, in the meaning defined above

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

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