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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

out′er space′(n.)

  1. space beyond the atmosphere of the earth.

    Category: Astronomy

  2. Category: Astronomy

    Ref: deep space.

Origin of outer space:

1875–80

Princeton's WordNet

  1. outer space, space(noun)

    any location outside the Earth's atmosphere

    "the astronauts walked in outer space without a tether"; "the first major milestone in space exploration was in 1957, when the USSR's Sputnik 1 orbited the Earth"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. outer space(noun)ˈaʊ tər

    anything beyond Earth's atmosphere

    a new spacecraft traveling into outer space

Wiktionary

  1. outer space(Noun)

    Region outside explored space.

  2. outer space(Noun)

    Any region of space beyond limits determined with reference to boundaries of a celestial system or body, especially the region of space immediately beyond Earth's atmosphere

  3. Origin: From outer + space.

Freebase

  1. Outer space

    Outer space, or simply space, is the void that exists between celestial bodies, including the Earth. It is not completely empty, but consists of a hard vacuum containing a low density of particles: predominantly a plasma of hydrogen and helium, as well as electromagnetic radiation, magnetic fields, and neutrinos. The baseline temperature, as set by the background radiation from the Big Bang, is 2.7 kelvin. Plasma with a density of less than one hydrogen atom per cubic meter and a temperature of millions of kelvin in the space between galaxies accounts for most of the baryonic matter in outer space; local concentrations have condensed into stars and galaxies. In most galaxies, observations provide evidence that 90% of the mass is in an unknown form, called dark matter, which interacts with other matter through gravitational but not electromagnetic forces. Data indicates that the majority of the mass-energy in the observable Universe is a poorly-understood vacuum energy of space which astronomers label dark energy. Intergalactic space takes up most of the volume of the Universe, but even galaxies and star systems consist almost entirely of empty space. There is no firm boundary where space begins. However the Kármán line, at an altitude of 100 km above sea level, is conventionally used as the start of outer space in space treaties and for aerospace records keeping. The framework for international space law was established by the Outer Space Treaty, which was passed by the United Nations in 1967. This treaty precludes any claims of national sovereignty and permits all states to freely explore outer space. In 1979, the Moon Treaty made the surfaces of objects such as planets, as well as the orbital space around these bodies, the jurisdiction of the international community. Despite the drafting of UN resolutions for the peaceful uses of outer space, anti-satellite weapons have been tested in Earth orbit.

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