space·​flight | \ ˈspās-ˌflīt How to pronounce spaceflight (audio) \

Definition of spaceflight

: flight beyond the earth's atmosphere

Examples of spaceflight in a Sentence

a history of human spaceflight
Recent Examples on the Web However, Sergei Krikalev, who serves as executive director of human spaceflight for Roscosmos, confirmed Thursday that his government and other countries, including the United States, are having productive discussions about possible extensions. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 4 Aug. 2022 Starship could someday be the 737 of human spaceflight. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 30 July 2022 The launch capped a historic year for space exploration and marked the 13th human spaceflight mission this year — more than any other year. Washington Post, 10 Dec. 2021 Lovell, 94, also is known for commanding the Apollo 13 spaceflight in 1970, which was intended to land on the moon but after an oxygen tank failed became an ultimately successful effort to bring its three astronauts safely back to Earth. Bob Goldsborough, Chicago Tribune, 18 July 2022 Virgin Galactic launched 18 years ago to pioneer spaceflight for private individuals and researchers. Maritza Dominguez, The Arizona Republic, 14 July 2022 His chaos instinct notwithstanding, though, Musk is also a savvy businessman who, via internet payments, commercial spaceflight, electric cars, and other endeavors, became the richest person in the world. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, 13 July 2022 Almost every spaceflight project in history has proven difficult to scale up in terms of flight rates, either because of technical challenges, production line issues, accidents, or all of the above. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 11 July 2022 But many aerospace stakeholders pushed back, arguing that human spaceflight programs were too technologically complex and expensive for multiple companies to attempt. Jackie Wattles, CNN, 30 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of spaceflight

1931, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of spaceflight was in 1931

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9 Aug 2022

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“Spaceflight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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