space probe

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space probe

n.
A spacecraft carrying instruments intended for use in exploration of the physical properties of outer space or celestial bodies other than Earth.

space probe

n
(Astronautics) a vehicle, such as a satellite, equipped to obtain scientific information, normally transmitted back to earth by radio, about the atmosphere, surface, and temperature of a planet, conditions in space, etc

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n.
an unmanned spacecraft designed to explore the solar system and transmit data back to earth.
[1955–60]
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Noun1.space probe - a rocket-propelled guided missile that can escape the earth's atmospherespace probe - a rocket-propelled guided missile that can escape the earth's atmosphere; makes observations of the solar system that cannot be made by terrestrial observation
guided missile - a rocket-propelled missile whose path can be controlled during flight either by radio signals or by internal homing devices
telemeter - any scientific instrument for observing events at a distance and transmitting the information back to the observer
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And so far away is Uranus from the scrutinizing instruments of earthbound astronomers -- nearly 20 times earth's mean distance from the sun -- that Voyager is likely to find out more about its present target, compared with what is already known, than has been learned from any other planetary flyby ever conducted to any world.
Solomon noted in a statement that Messenger set a record for planetary flybys -- once past Earth, twice past Venus and three times past Mercury before entering Mercury's orbit -- and survived ''both punishing heat and extreme doses of radiation'' to surpass expectations.

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