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 The three-day mission saw him and crew mate John Young, a spaceflight veteran, establish a new orbital altitude record and rendezvous with two unmanned Agena target vehicles. Washington Post, "Michael Collins, Apollo 11 astronaut, dies at 90," 28 Apr. 2021 Collins wrote 4 books: an autobiography, Carrying the Fire; a history of the space program, Liftoff; a look at Mars spaceflight, Mission to Mars; and a children’s book, Flying to the Moon. Kiona N. Smith, Forbes, "Apollo 11 Astronaut Michael Collins Has Died At 90," 28 Apr. 2021 The venue will welcome back visitors on May 5, which also happens to be the 60th anniversary of the United States' first human spaceflight by Alan Shepard. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, "7 Smithsonian Museums and the National Zoo Will Reopen in May," 26 Apr. 2021 Failure to do so would carry a first-degree misdemeanor theft charge, with a penalty of up to one year in jail or a $1,000 fine for a new crime of misappropriation of a spaceflight asset., "No finders keepers under spacecraft parts bill that’s landed on DeSantis’ desk," 26 Apr. 2021 SpaceX, in particular, has thrived in this new entrepreneurial approach to spaceflight. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, "Jeff Bezos’ Rocket Company Challenges NASA Over SpaceX Moon Lander Deal," 26 Apr. 2021 Reusable booster vehicles, designed to fly themselves back to Earth and land safely rather than fall into the sea after launch, are at the heart of a re-usable rocket strategy that SpaceX helped pioneer to make spaceflight more economical. NBC News, "Astronauts dock at International Space Station aboard SpaceX Endeavour," 24 Apr. 2021 Joe Biden’s nominee for NASA head has a worrying tendency to think about spaceflight’s past, not its future. Will Rinehart, National Review, "Bill Nelson’s Flawed Vision for NASA," 22 Apr. 2021 Sixty years ago this month, human spaceflight began. Star Tribune, "The lesson of a little helicopter on Mars," 21 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of spaceflight

1931, in the meaning defined above

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5 May 2021

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“Spaceflight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of spaceflight

: flight into outer space in a spacecraft

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