Definition of space shuttle in US English:

space shuttle


  • A rocket-launched spacecraft, able to land like an unpowered aircraft, used to make repeated journeys between the earth and earth orbit.

    • ‘Yesterday afternoon he ventured outside the space shuttle Atlantis orbiting 100 miles above the Earth.’
    • ‘The death of the seven astronauts aboard the Challenger space shuttle recently made headline news in the UK.’
    • ‘Trip the master switch and a complex series of events eventually leads to the blast off of the space shuttle.’
    • ‘By sheer good luck and brilliant timing, Lee was able to watch the space shuttle Discovery launched while he was there.’
    • ‘In 1984, the USA space shuttle Discovery returned to Earth after its maiden flight.’
    • ‘In 1990 the space shuttle recovered an old satellite and brought it back to earth.’
    • ‘After a two-and-a-half year hiatus, America has a space shuttle back in orbit.’
    • ‘Today, the weight of a space shuttle at launch is approximately 95 percent fuel.’
    • ‘The space shuttle Discovery is scheduled to return to Earth early this morning.’
    • ‘The same rocket fuel that helps launch the space shuttle has been used to save lives by destroying land mines.’
    • ‘The decision to build the space shuttle, and to do so as cheaply as possible, led to many of the problems we now face.’
    • ‘My next day was spent on the Indian river just across from where the space shuttle leaves from its launching pad.’
    • ‘The next big step in our effort to conquer space was the launch of the space shuttle in 1981.’
    • ‘Pilot astronauts have primary responsibility for guiding the space shuttle safely to and from orbit.’
    • ‘The whole world watched, as the orbiting space shuttle released the Moonlander module.’
    • ‘Neither the space shuttle nor conventional rockets are up to this task.’
    • ‘Hubble was launched and placed into orbit by the space shuttle Discovery in April 1990.’
    • ‘NASA became involved in 1994, when the space shuttle Endeavour recorded radar images of the earth.’
    • ‘Nasa decided to leave space shuttle Discovery on its launch pad at Cape Canaveral, Florida.’
    • ‘This photo was taken out the window of the space shuttle while in orbit.’


space shuttle

/ˈspā(s) ˌSHədl//ˈspeɪ(s) ˌʃədl/