space·​craft | \ ˈspās-ˌkraft How to pronounce spacecraft (audio) \

Definition of spacecraft

: a vehicle or device designed for travel or operation outside the earth's atmosphere

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Known as the Europa Clipper mission, which was originally explored in 2017, the government space agency is now in the phase of completing the final design of the spacecraft that will visit the moon. Fox News, "NASA to explore Jupiter’s moon Europa, which may hold life," 21 Aug. 2019 Ultimately the goal is to create a fleet of spacecraft that weigh just 55 pounds (25 kilograms). Loren Grush, The Verge, "Space startup aims to launch thousands of satellite ‘cell towers’ that connect to the average phone," 2 Aug. 2019 An electric field then accelerates them and routes them out the back of the spacecraft. Sarah Scoles, Scientific American, "The Good Kind of Crazy: The Quest for Exotic Propulsion," 29 July 2019 Solid waste is collected in a canister as part of the waste hygiene component of the space station's toilet, and those canisters are disposed of during destructive reentry of cargo spacecraft. Kendall Trammell, CNN, "Where does astronaut poop go? Answers to your weirdest questions about space travel," 27 July 2019 Earth watched Armstrong's descent from Eagle, the name given the Apollo 11 lunar module (LM) by its crew, via a small television camera mounted on the side of the spacecraft. Houston Chronicle, "Armstrong and Aldrin Take ‘One Small Step for Man’ on the Moon," 21 July 2019 Tucked into the side of the spacecraft during liftoff, the antenna popped into position on command and turned its four 30-inch steerable dishes toward earth, now just a basketball in space, and began to pour out its S-band transmissions. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "How the Moon Landing Was Filmed," 20 July 2019 Kuiper also headed a group of UA scientists that was also instrumental in getting three series of unmanned spacecraft to the moon. Brieanna J. Frank, azcentral, "NASA admin: ASU, UA 'leading the world' in training next generation of space scientists," 17 July 2019 In the closed environment of a spacecraft, the ecosystem consists of humans, plants, and microorganisms, and managing that balance is key. Mark Thiessen, National Geographic, "Trees that traveled to space now live on Earth. Here's where to find them.," 8 July 2019

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1929, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of spacecraft was in 1929

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English Language Learners Definition of spacecraft

: a vehicle that is used for travel in outer space


space·​craft | \ ˈspās-ˌkraft How to pronounce spacecraft (audio) \
plural spacecraft

Kids Definition of spacecraft

: a vehicle for travel beyond the earth's atmosphere

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