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 And if humanity’s spaceflight goals become even more ambitious? Bruce Dorminey, Forbes, 17 June 2022 Contemplating missions to the moon and Mars means accounting for how the human body will survive long-term spaceflight – not just physically but emotionally and mentally as well. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 4 June 2022 These missions seem routine now, but spaceflight is a dangerous and sometimes deadly business. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 26 Apr. 2022 One thing seems clear: Private orbital spaceflight will be very different. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 25 Apr. 2022 Alan Shepard flew on Freedom 7 at the dawn of human spaceflight. Julia Musto, Fox News, 24 Mar. 2022 Physiological concerns aside, any future participant should keep in mind that spaceflight is inherently risky. Jackie Wattles, CNN, 14 Oct. 2021 Shaken, Branson considered giving up, saying human spaceflight was too difficult and dangerous. Washington Post, 9 July 2021 As has been the case virtually since the dawn of the Space Age, manned spaceflight is all about public relations. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 6 July 2021 See More

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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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Last Updated

22 Jun 2022

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“Spaceflight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spaceflight. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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