noun, (often initial capital letters)
any of several U.S. space vehicles consisting of a reusable manned orbiter that touches down on a landing strip after an orbital mission, two reusable solid rocket boosters that drop off after initial ascent, and an expendable external tank containing liquid propellants.
any of a series of reusable US space vehicles (Columbia (exploded 2003), Challenger (exploded 1986), Discovery, Atlantis, Endeavour) that can be launched into earth orbit transporting astronauts and equipment for a period of observation, research, etc, before re-entry and an unpowered landing on a runway; the first operational flight occurred in 1981 and it was taken out of service in 2011
space shuttle definition
A vehicle built by NASA that is capable of taking off from Earth, carrying a crew and a cargo into space, and returning to Earth to be used again. It is used primarily to transport a crew to an orbiting space station and to deploy and retrieve satellites.
Note: The space shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after liftoff in 1986. All seven crew members died in the accident.
noun, Pathology. 1. a complex of symptoms including nausea, lethargy, headache, and sweating, occurring among astronauts under conditions of weightlessness. space sickness noun 1. the nausea that people can experience in the gravity-free environment of space space sickness n. Motion sickness caused by sustained weightlessness during space flight, usually accompanied by disturbance of the inner […]
noun 1. a stage set, often limited to an arrangement of ramps and platforms, in which actors and set pieces are spotlighted against the bare background of a dark or black cyclorama.
noun 1. an orbiting manned structure that can be used for a variety of purposes, as to assemble or service satellites, refuel spacecraft, etc. space station noun 1. any large manned artificial satellite designed to orbit the earth during a long period of time thus providing a base for scientific and medical research in space […]
noun 1. a sealed and pressurized suit designed to allow the wearer to leave a pressurized cabin in outer space or at extremely high altitudes within the atmosphere. noun 1. any of various types of sealed and pressurized suits worn by astronauts or cosmonauts that provide an artificial atmosphere, acceptable temperature, radiocommunication link, and protection […]