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ˈspeɪsˌkræft, -ˌkrɑftspace·craft

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. spacecraft, ballistic capsule, space vehiclenoun

    a craft capable of traveling in outer space; technically, a satellite around the sun


  1. spacecraftnoun

    a vehicle capable of travelling in or into outer space; at present, all such vehicles are powered by rocket engine.


  1. spacecraftnoun

    A vehicle that travels through space.


  1. Spacecraft

    A spacecraft is a vehicle, vessel or machine designed to fly in outer space. Spacecraft are used for a variety of purposes, including communications, earth observation, meteorology, navigation, planetary exploration and transportation of humans and cargo. On a sub-orbital spaceflight, a spacecraft enters space and then returns to the surface, without having gone into an orbit. For orbital spaceflights, spacecraft enter closed orbits around the Earth or around other celestial bodies. Spacecraft used for human spaceflight carry people on board as crew or passengers from start or on orbit only, while those used for robotic space missions operate either autonomously or telerobotically. Robotic spacecraft used to support scientific research are space probes. Robotic spacecraft that remain in orbit around a planetary body are artificial satellites. Only a handful of interstellar probes, such as Pioneer 10 and 11, Voyager 1 and 2, and New Horizons, are currently on trajectories that leave our Solar System. Orbital spacecraft may be recoverable or not. By method of reentry to Earth they may be divided in non-winged space capsules and winged spaceplanes. Currently, only twenty-four nations have spaceflight technology: Russia, the United States, the member states of the European Space Agency, the People's Republic of China, Japan, and India.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Spacecraft

    Devices, manned and unmanned, which are designed to be placed into an orbit about the Earth or into a trajectory to another celestial body. (NASA Thesaurus, 1988)


  1. SpaceCraft

    SpaceCraft provides web-based software for small business owners to create and manage websites. Built with responsive and adaptive technologies, the websites work across devices including mobile phones, tablets, and PCs. Founded in 2010 by Adam Moore and Jeff Williams, SpaceCraft is based in Austin, Texas. For more information and to request a beta invite, visit http://gospacecraft.com.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of spacecraft in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of spacecraft in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of spacecraft in a Sentence

  1. Victor Glover:

    One thing that did really profoundly impact me was the very first time I got out of the seat after [ our spacecraft ] was safely in orbit, and I looked out the window and saw the Earth from 250 miles up, i will never forget that moment... It wasn't about the view. It was how the view made me feel... the Earth is amazing. It's beautiful. It protects us, and so we should work hard to protect it.

  2. Bill Nye:

    We strongly feel that missions like Lightsail 2 will democratize space, enable more people, more organizations around the world to send spacecraft to exciting and remarkable destinations in the solar system that will lead us to answer that deep question: 'Where did we all come from?'.

  3. Michael Watkins:

    We specialize in spacecraft, not medical-device manufacturing, but excellent engineering, rigorous testing and rapid prototyping are some of our specialties. When people at JPL realized they might have what it takes to support the medical community and the broader community, they felt it was their duty to share their ingenuity, expertise and drive.

  4. Marc Neveu:

    This is the first explanation consistent with data returned from NASAs Cassini spacecraft for how a tiny moon such as Enceladus, which is only about as big as Washington state or the British Isles, has a subsurface ocean when other sibling moons that are bigger or closer to Saturn, and therefore more likely to have such oceans, do not.

  5. John Baker:

    Theres big potential in these small packages, cubeSats - part of a larger group of spacecraft called SmallSats - are a new platform for space exploration that is affordable to more than just government agencies.

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    a container used for carrying money and small personal items or accessories (especially by women)
    • A. cycling
    • B. purse
    • C. rapture
    • D. fancy

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