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[lan-der] /ˈlæn dər/
a space probe designed to land on a planet or other solid celestial body.
Compare orbiter.
Origin of lander
1960-65; land + -er1 Unabridged
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  • Here, the silver colored rasp protruding from the lander's robotic arm scoop.
  • For example, the location of various lunar lander platforms is supposedly known.
  • One could fit a tank and a lander in the shuttles cargo bay already.
  • Already this is influencing the planning of future surface lander missions.
  • Of course, you can't touch down on the moon without a lander, and you can't live there without a base.
  • At sunrise or sunset, the shadow from a lander might be long enough to detect, even if the lander itself is invisible.
  • Once there, the plane could dock with a lunar lander placed in orbit before it arrived.
  • The lander will sustain payload operations with generous power and communications.
  • The team also filmed wolf fish and deep-sea sharks, which fought over mackerel bait attached to the lander.
  • If the surface is crumbly, the lander might skid off.
British Dictionary definitions for lander


a spacecraft designed to land on a planet or other body Compare orbiter
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