space station

an orbiting manned structure that can be used for a variety of purposes, as to assemble or service satellites, refuel spacecraft, etc.
Also called space platform.


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space station
space platform, Also called: space laboratory any large manned artificial satellite designed to orbit the earth during a long period of time thus providing a base for scientific and medical research in space and a construction site, launch pad, and docking arrangements for spacecraft

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space station definition

A structure being assembled in space by an international partnership led by NASA. The space station will be a permanent habitat at which scientific and technological work can be carried out. Building a space station is considered the next step in the development and exploration of space, although there is controversy concerning its cost and the value of the research that will be carried out there.

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Example sentences
One choice is to prepare a boxed experiment to take aboard the space shuttle or
  space station.
We need to focus on how best to make the transition from the space shuttle to
  the space station to space exploration.
It was not an alert about an incoming asteroid, a problem with the space
  station or a solar storm.
The shuttle and the space station thus hold back scientific inquiry, rather
  than advancing it.
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