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

Examples of space station in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In other words, some hardware on the space station has now been in the harsh environment of outer space for a quarter of a century. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 21 Nov. 2023 The sensor, called Earth Surface Mineral Dust Source Investigation (EMIT), was delivered to the space station in the summer of 2022. Meghan Bartels, Scientific American, 17 Nov. 2023 On a clear night, observers with binoculars or a telescope may be able to spot the bag moving slightly ahead of the space station. Sabienna Bowman, Peoplemag, 17 Nov. 2023 The launching marked SpaceX's 29th Cargo Dragon flight to the space station, and the second mission for capsule C-211. William Harwood, CBS News, 9 Nov. 2023 Astronauts have a lot to think about while performing spacewalks—and the space station has a history of similar incidents in which people have lost track of items. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Nov. 2023 In Argentina, a massive space station run by the China Satellite Launch and Tracking Control General, part of the Chinese military’s Strategic Support Force, rises high above Patagonia. Karen Deyoung, Washington Post, 2 Oct. 2023 Beyond that, Axiom Space is planning to build its own free-flying space station in the coming years. Jamie Groh, USA TODAY, 5 Sep. 2023 Since then, China has added two more modules to the Tiangong space station to expand its living volume and capacity for research experiments. Stephen Clark, Ars Technica, 27 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1930, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of space station was in 1930

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“Space station.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

space station

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

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