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space shuttle

noun, (often initial capital letters)
1.
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.
Origin
1965-1970
1965-70, Americanism
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Examples for space shuttle
  • Humans are the reason the space shuttle needs toilets.
  • These scanners are usually used to inspect the space shuttle's solid fuel rockets.
  • If you see the space shuttle crashing, you can see that these guys in the white coats don't always get it right.
  • The potential successor to the space shuttle gets ready to fly.
  • These rockets weigh a fraction of what the space shuttle weighs.
  • Battery life is long enough for space shuttle missions.
  • It is difficult to believe that this will be the last space shuttle launch.
  • If you break the space shuttle down, you get more space shuttle.
  • That's the year the space shuttle is scheduled to retire, and no other space vehicle can lift the station's components into orbit.
  • Workers prepare to dismantle space shuttle launch tower reports.
British Dictionary definitions for space shuttle

space shuttle

noun
1.
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
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space shuttle in Culture

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.
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