Definition of space capsule in US English:

space capsule


  • A small spacecraft or the part of a larger one that contains the instruments or crew.

    • ‘Ocean sand is even mined in some areas of the world for elements like titanium, the strong, light metal used to make everything from space capsules to golf clubs.’
    • ‘The crew sphere is a mass of electrical fittings and camera gear and reminiscent of an Apollo space capsule.’
    • ‘They perform theatre-in-the-round on a stage set in the centre of a steel and glass construction that resembles a space capsule.’
    • ‘The Pentagon is working to develop a suborbital space capsule within the next five years that would be launched from the United States and could deliver conventional weapons anywhere in the world within two hours, defense officials said.’
    • ‘Russia's space agency is looking for six volunteers to spend 15 months locked in a mock space capsule as part of its plan to put a man on Mars.’
    • ‘For several minutes during a descent, the heat is so intense that every molecule surrounding the space capsule becomes ionized, cloaking the astronauts in a temporary plasma barrier that none of our communication signals can penetrate.’
    • ‘This crystal was nicknamed ‘Apollo’ because of its resemblance to a NASA space capsule.’
    • ‘NASA has found some materials intact inside the Genesis space capsule.’
    • ‘The first space capsule orbited was the Soviet Sputnik 2.’
    • ‘NASA is working on bringing the Genesis space capsule back to earth.’
    • ‘Well, the Genesis space capsule did in fact return to Earth.’
    • ‘The Genesis space capsule crashed at a speed of nearly 200 miles an hour.’
    • ‘In a clean room in the Utah desert right now, NASA engineers and scientists are combing through the wreckage of the Genesis space capsule today, trying to find out what went wrong.’
    • ‘American astronaut Ed Lou tonight is headed back to Earth aboard a Russian Soyuz space capsule.’
    • ‘NASA scientists say they've managed to recover some of the material in the Genesis space capsule retrieved from the sun.’
    • ‘The space capsule had been outside the earth's magnetic shield for three years, collecting solar wind particles that could explain how the sun formed an estimated 4.5 billion years ago and what keeps it fueled.’
    • ‘I wonder what it is like to look out of the window of a space capsule and see this whole zoo world for what it is, just some big rock floating in nothing.’
    • ‘Height could be no more than 5 feet 11 inches because of limited cabin space available in the Mercury space capsule being designed.’
    • ‘During the flight, the 27-year-old test pilot and industrial technician also became the first man to orbit the planet, a feat accomplished by his space capsule in 89 minutes.’
    • ‘The Nasa space capsule that crashed in the American desert last month did so because four switches were installed the wrong way round.’
    space station, spacecraft
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space capsule

/ˈspās ˌkapsəl/