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space capsule

n.
A vehicle or compartment of a vehicle designed to transport, protect, and support humans or animals in outer space or at very high altitudes in Earth's atmosphere.

space capsule

n
(Astronautics) a vehicle, sometimes carrying people or animals, designed to obtain scientific information from space, planets, etc, and be recovered on returning to earth

cap•sule

(ˈkæp səl, -sul, -syul)

n., v. -suled, -sul•ing,
adj. n.
1. a gelatinous case enclosing a dose of medicine.
2.
a. a membranous sac or integument of the body.
b. either of two strata of white matter in the cerebrum.
c. the sporangium of various spore-producing organisms, as ferns, mosses, algae, and fungi.
3. a dry dehiscent fruit, composed of two or more carpels.
4. a small case, envelope, or covering.
5. Also called space capsule. a sealed cabin, container, or vehicle in which a person or animal can ride in flight in space or at very high altitudes within the earth's atmosphere.
6. a similar cabin in a military aircraft, which can be ejected in an emergency.
7. a concise report; brief outline.
v.t.
8. to furnish with or enclose in or as if in a capsule; encapsulate.
9. to capsulize.
adj.
10. small and compact.
11. short and concise; briefly summarized: a capsule report.
[1645–55; (< French) < Latin capsula=caps(a) box (see case2) + -ula -ule]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.space capsule - a spacecraft designed to transport people and support human life in outer spacespace capsule - a spacecraft designed to transport people and support human life in outer space
ballistic capsule, space vehicle, spacecraft - a craft capable of traveling in outer space; technically, a satellite around the sun
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