One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a rocket or spacecraft) take off from a launching site.‘space shuttles generally blast off with a minimum of fuss’
be launched, take off, lift off, leave the ground, become airborne, take to the airView synonyms
- ‘Europe's heavy lifting rocket has successfully blasted off from French Guiana with two telecoms satellites on board.’
- ‘The spacecraft will blast off on 26 October on a journey that will take it approximately five months.’
- ‘The next inhabitants of the International Space Station blasted off aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket, just after one o'clock this morning.’
- ‘Above our heads an enormous spaceship blasts off into a star-filled sky.’
- ‘A privately-built rocket blasted off into suborbital space above California's Mojave Desert today.’
- ‘The captain pushes the start button and suddenly the spaceship blasts off into outer space!’
- ‘I wouldn't want to miss it when the rocket blasts off.’
- ‘His mind fills with images of sleek, silvery rockets, blasting off into space.’
- ‘Current polar satellite launch vehicles can blast off carrying 1,000 to 1,200-kilogram units.’
- ‘The rockets of the ship flared and they blasted off.’
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