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 At the time, the US had logged just 15 minutes of human spaceflight. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "The automobile industry is discovering it needs a master plan," 16 Dec. 2020 During a press conference earlier in the week—held remotely due to rain—NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine underscored the agency’s commitment to commercial spaceflight as a way to create a robust extraterrestrial economy. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "SpaceX Launched Two Astronauts—Changing Spaceflight Forever," 30 May 2020 The losses of the space shuttles Challenger and Columbia and the 14 astronauts on board underscored the consequences of mistakes in human spaceflight. Bill Ingalls, National Geographic, "How SpaceX became NASA's go-to ride into orbit," 12 Nov. 2020 Ars explains why this is a consequential decision and could transform spaceflight, including launch. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Sweden invests in launch site, SLS hotfire test in a month," 16 Oct. 2020 The 1960s showed rapid development in human spaceflight. al, "Investment in Alabamians paves the way to deep space," 11 Dec. 2020 Today is about getting our first glimpse into the future of spaceflight. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Engine abort at T-1.3 seconds scrubs Starship launch attempt [Updated]," 8 Dec. 2020 To gain more experience in human spaceflight, China will begin constructing its third space station, by far its biggest and most complex, in low-Earth orbit in 2021. Andrew Jones, Science, "China's new moon mission to return the first lunar samples since 1976," 23 Nov. 2020 Virgin Galactic first reached space almost two years ago to the day in a flight that marked the first human spaceflight from United States soil since the Space Shuttle retired in 2011. Washington Post, "Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic aborts test in its third human spaceflight attempt," 12 Dec. 2020

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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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22 Feb 2021

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“Spaceflight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of spaceflight

: flight into outer space in a spacecraft

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