space·flight | \ˈspās-ˌflīt \

Definition of spaceflight 

: flight beyond the earth's atmosphere

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a history of human spaceflight

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Before today’s announcement, Virgin Galactic had already partnered with the Italian Space Agency to do a spaceflight mission for the country by the end of 2019. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Virgin Galactic plans to launch customers to space from a future Italian spaceport," 6 July 2018 Research into how the human body adjusts to weightlessness, isolation, radiation and the stress of long-duration spaceflight is needed before astronauts are sent on journeys that would triple the time humans have spent in space so far. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Astronaut's DNA no longer matches that of his identical twin, NASA finds," 14 Mar. 2018 That might seem surprising, given the safety record of human spaceflight. NBC News, "Why astronaut Chris Hadfield isn't afraid of death," 4 July 2018 But as ever in spaceflight, the end result almost invariably looks far simpler and smoother to the casual observer than the messy reality experienced by those actually doing it. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Inside the all-American voyage to the last world in the Solar System," 3 July 2018 But their determination and commitment did manage to inspire other women to pursue careers in spaceflight. Alessandra Potenza, The Verge, "Netflix doc Mercury 13 tells the story of women who should have gone to space but couldn’t," 20 Apr. 2018 An unnamed commercial spaceflight company is preparing for its third attempt to launch from the Kodiak spaceport (aka Pacific Spaceport) in Alaska. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Small sat market surging, Proton dying, Falcon Heavy certified," 29 June 2018 For more substantial observatories or human spaceflight, the agency needs to see A+s, not Bs. Sarah Scoles, WIRED, "NASA’s New Plan: Do More Science With Small Satellites," 21 June 2018 China celebrated the country’s first rocket launch by a private spaceflight company this week. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "China’s first private rocket launch kicks off the country’s commercial space race," 19 May 2018

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1931, in the meaning defined above

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: flight into outer space in a spacecraft

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