space·​flight | \ˈspās-ˌflīt \

Definition of spaceflight 

: flight beyond the earth's atmosphere

Examples of spaceflight in a Sentence

a history of human spaceflight

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While no simulation is perfect, the scientists set goals to better understand aspects of real spaceflight. Elizabeth Howell,, "Touring Where the Mars-500 'Astronauts' Pretended to Take a Red Planet Journey," 11 July 2018 On the frontier of human spaceflight, the Russian part of the ISS remains unfinished for nearly two decades. Anatoly Zak, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Is Riled Up About Being Left Behind in Space," 10 Oct. 2018 Most of these spaceflight scenes are shot within the confines of the cockpits, which are claustrophobically confining. Soren Andersen, The Seattle Times, "‘First Man’: Ryan Gosling is stellar as astronaut Neil Armstrong," 8 Oct. 2018 That’s crucial for spaceflight, when every single pound is critical. Loren Grush, The Verge, "NASA is prepared if a battery ever explodes in space," 17 Aug. 2018 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

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1931, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of spaceflight

: flight into outer space in a spacecraft

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