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space station

noun
1.
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.
Origin
1940-1945
1940-45
Related forms
space-station, adjective
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Examples from the web for space station
  • 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.
  • But it is not clear that there is much profit to be had from the space station.
  • Eight and a half minutes later she was in orbit, ready to complete her mission of carrying supplies to the space station.
  • In space station things, you don't give things away.
  • The same people crying for tax dollars are among those who have bellowed for a space station and a return to the moon.
  • No one wants to chase a crumb around a space station.
  • Early concepts for a space station also resulted in super-cute models.
British Dictionary definitions for space station

space station

noun
1.
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 Also called space platform, space laboratory
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space station in Culture

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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