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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As for entertainment on the space station—besides looking out onto the curve of the Earth—Alatorre says there will be activities like low-gravity basketball, low-gravity trampolining, and even rock climbing. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "The First-Ever Commercial Space Hotel Will Have Low-Gravity Rock Climbing and an Insane View of Earth," 3 Sep. 2019 Those on the space station now include Nick Hague, Christina Koch and Andrew Morgan of the United States, Russians Alexander Skvortsov and Alexey Ovchinin and Luca Parmitano of Italy. Washington Post, "Russian spaceship brings 3 tons of supplies to space station," 31 July 2019 The three already living on the space station also were born long after the moon landings. Marcia Dunn, Anchorage Daily News, "Nation marks 50 years after Apollo 11′s ‘giant leap’ on moon," 20 July 2019 Photo composite: Heather Seidel/The Wall Street Journal The U.S. government has formally laid out the welcome mat for space tourists, as part of a broader effort to jump-start commercial initiatives on the international space station. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "NASA Opens Space Station to Tourists and Businesses to Promote Commercial Activities," 7 June 2019 Archinaut can create lighter materials that couldn’t survive a launch, meaning rockets can be smaller and space stations wouldn’t have to be manned by astronauts performing risky construction. Mallory Moench,, "‘Game changer’: This Silicon Valley space satellite will build itself," 26 Aug. 2019 Also here: a new restaurant, Space 220, located in the Mission: Space pavilion, replicating a space station high above earth. Susan Glaser,, "Disney World outlines Epcot remake, with Mary Poppins, Moana, Guardians of the Galaxy," 26 Aug. 2019 During this time and under the leadership of administrator Jim Bridenstine, the agency has let contracts for both the elements of the Lunar Gateway, the small space station that will follow a distant orbit around the Moon. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "With Artemis, NASA at risk of repeating Apollo mistakes, scientist warns," 20 Aug. 2019 Under the plan, the astronauts will depart for the surface from a small space station around the moon and return there. Washington Post, "NASA picks Alabama’s ‘Rocket City’ for lunar lander job," 16 Aug. 2019

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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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