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space shuttle
space shuttle Discovery landing at Kennedy Space Center in Florida in March 2009

space shuttle

n.
A reusable spacecraft with wings for controlled descent in the atmosphere, designed to transport astronauts between Earth and an orbiting space station and also used to deploy and retrieve satellites.

space shuttle

n
(Astronautics) any of a series of reusable US space vehicles (Columbia (exploded 2003), Challenger (exploded 1986), Discovery, Atlantis, Endeavour) that can be launched into earth orbit transporting astronauts and equipment for a period of observation, research, etc, before re-entry and an unpowered landing on a runway. The first operational flight took place in 1981 and it was taken out of service in 2011

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(often caps.)
a reusable spacecraft, or orbiter, with two solid rocket boosters and an external fuel tank that are jettisoned after takeoff.
[1965–70, Amer.]
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Noun1.space shuttle - a reusable spacecraft with wings for a controlled descent through the Earth's atmospherespace shuttle - a reusable spacecraft with wings for a controlled descent through the Earth's atmosphere
ballistic capsule, space vehicle, spacecraft - a craft capable of traveling in outer space; technically, a satellite around the sun
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