moonshot

[moon-shot]
noun
the act or procedure of launching a rocket or spacecraft to the moon.
Also, moon shot.


Origin:
1955–60, Americanism; moon + shot1

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moonshot (ˈmuːnˌʃɒt)
 
n
the launching of a spacecraft, rocket, etc, to the moon

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The effort to sequence the human genome has been referred to as biology's moonshot.
The discovery of extraterrestrial life will mark an epoch in a way that even the moonshot did not.
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