spaceflight

noun
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 Koch arrived on the International Space Station on March 14 for her spaceflight mission. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "Astronaut Christina Koch will begin her journey back to Earth after her record-setting mission," 5 Feb. 2020 The preparations come as Virgin Galactic seeks to fly humans on suborbital spaceflights from New Mexico later this year. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Starlink flies, OneWeb has next mega-constellation launch," 31 Jan. 2020 Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos' space company, has scored another successful spaceflight. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Amazon's Jeff Bezos, already the wealthiest person on the planet, just got billions richer," 30 Jan. 2020 Last week, strong upper level winds forced the private spaceflight company to postpone the Starlink-3 mission's launch. NBC News, "SpaceX launches 60 new Starlink satellites, sticks rocket landing at sea," 29 Jan. 2020 Still sealed in individual baking pouches and packed in their spaceflight container, the cookies remain frozen in a Houston-area lab after splashing down two weeks ago in a SpaceX capsule. Time, "In Groundbreaking Experiment, Astronauts Have Baked Cookies in Space. But What Do They Taste Like?," 25 Jan. 2020 Still sealed in individual baking pouches and packed in their spaceflight container, the cookies remain frozen in a Houston-area lab after splashing down two weeks ago in a SpaceX capsule. Fox News, "First space-baked cookies took 2 hours in experimental oven," 24 Jan. 2020 The test was heralded as a key step on the path to restoring human spaceflight from United States soil. Christian Davenport, Washington Post, "SpaceX completes a key test of its Dragon capsule, paving the way for its first human spaceflight," 19 Jan. 2020 On her 289th day at the International Space Station, astronaut Christina Koch set the record for the longest spaceflight by a woman. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Astronaut Christina Koch Breaks Record for Longest Spaceflight by a Woman," 28 Dec. 2019

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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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8 Feb 2020

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“Spaceflight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spaceflight. Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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spaceflight

noun
How to pronounce spaceflight (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of spaceflight

: flight into outer space in a spacecraft

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