space walk


: a period of activity spent outside a spacecraft by an astronaut in space
spacewalk intransitive verb
spacewalker noun

Examples of space walk in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sent on a space walk to assess damage, Jo dislodges what appears to be the desiccated body of a woman in the suit of Russian cosmonaut, circa late 1960s, which shoots from her grasp. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, 20 Feb. 2024 Cowperthwaite doesn’t do enough with the inherent claustrophobia of the space station, though the visuals are on point, from a harrowing space walk to fix an antenna to conditions on Earth that become increasingly hellish. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 17 Jan. 2024 When the Polaris Dawn mission finally takes off—potentially by the end of 2024—the four-person crew will spend up to five days on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket attempting to achieve a series of firsts, including being the first commercial mission to complete a space walk. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 21 Sep. 2023 China this week revealed that two of its astronauts had conducted a secretive space walk around the Tiangong space station, marking the second extravehicular operation over the last three months. Caitlin McFall, Fox News, 3 Mar. 2023 China put its first human in space in 2003 and conducted its first space walk five years later. Paul Raeburn, Discover Magazine, 27 Dec. 2011 China’s space lab has a spot in the Sun - Rocket envy - Did the Chinese fake their space walk? Phil Plait, Discover Magazine, 15 Sep. 2012 Each episode sees host Derek Waters visit an inebriated celebrity to recount a historical event, from the first space walk to the birth of hip hop. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 17 Oct. 2022 The crew will conduct a space walk, a first for anyone traveling aboard a SpaceX Dragon capsule. Jackie Wattles, CNN, 14 Feb. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1963, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of space walk was in 1963

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“Space walk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

space walk

: a period of movement in space outside a spacecraft by an astronaut
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