space capsule

noun
Aerospace. capsule ( def 5 ).
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space capsule
 
n
a vehicle, sometimes carrying people or animals, designed to obtain scientific information from space, planets, etc, and be recovered on returning to earth

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Fault trees are often used to study the fallibility of complex systems such as a nuclear reactor or space capsule.
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