command module

noun
(often initial capital letters) U.S. Aerospace. the portion of the Apollo spacecraft that contained the crew's living compartment and the on-board controls.

Origin:
1960–65

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command module
 
n
the cone-shaped module used as the living quarters in an Apollo spacecraft and functioning as the splashdown vehicle

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The ascent stage, which the astronauts piloted back to the orbiting command module, is the white object atop it.
One of the astronauts will remain in the command module.
Collins was the command module pilot and remained in orbit during the mission.
No need for a command module pilot in this day of intelligent robots.
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