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[as-truh-naw-tiks, -not-iks] /ˌæs trəˈnɔ tɪks, -ˈnɒt ɪks/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
the science of or technology involved in travel beyond the earth's atmosphere, including interplanetary and interstellar flight.
Origin of astronautics
1925-30; see astronautical, -ics Unabridged
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  • Apparently the demand for specific formal education in the science of astronautics is increasing faster than it is being supplied.

    The Practical Values of Space Exploration Committee on Science and Astronautics
  • As far back as I can remember in my childhood, I was always interested in astronautics.

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British Dictionary definitions for astronautics


(functioning as sing) the science and technology of space flight
Derived Forms
astronautic, astronautical, adjective
astronautically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for astronautics

1929, see astronaut + -ics.

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