space station


Definition of space station 

: a large artificial satellite designed to be occupied for long periods and to serve as a base (as for scientific observation)

called also space platform

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Photo: Richard Drew/Associated Press The NASA chief has advocated the White House position of cutting off direct federal funding for the international space station by 2025, but at this point prospects for that option appear dim on Capitol Hill. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "Donald Trump to Host Space-Policy Council Promoting Commercial Ventures," 16 June 2018 His latest Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) flew 10 times higher than the international space station and is theoretically capable of devastating any American city. Charlie Campbell / Beijing, Time, "Here's What a Kim Jong Un Visit to Beijing Would Mean for the U.S.," 27 Mar. 2018 Key concerns There are a couple of key concerns with ending support for the space station in 2025. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "White House starts debate on when NASA should leave the space station," 25 Jan. 2018 In the near future, a team of astronauts on an international space station make a discovery of a terrifying new energy source. Emily Gaudette, Newsweek, "Best Horror Movies 2018: The Most Anticipated Scares, from 'Truth or Dare' to 'Slender Man'," 11 Jan. 2018 But during a news conference Thursday, the company's manager for the Dragon spacecraft program, Jessica Jensen, confirmed that there will be no more Block 4 flights after the impending space station launch. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "SpaceX has flown its last Block 4 version of the Falcon 9 rocket [Updated]," 28 June 2018 She's spent more time off the planet than any other American: 665 days over three space station missions. Marcia Dunn,, "NASA's record-breaking spacewoman retires as astronaut," 15 June 2018 The sinister presence of the auto pilot system, Auto, who sets the course for atrophied and consumer-driven humans aboard the space station, is arguably the subtlest antagonist to come from Pixar’s stable of characters. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Wall-E' References That Need to Be Revisited," 27 June 2018 Since being pulled from her flight in January, a mission that launched about two weeks ago for a six-month tour on the space station, Epps has remained quiet in public. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "After being pulled from a spaceflight in January, Jeanette Epps speaks up," 22 June 2018

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1930, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of space station

: a large spacecraft in which people live for long periods of time in order to do research and experiments

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Kids Definition of space station

: an artificial satellite designed to stay in orbit permanently and to be occupied by humans for long periods

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