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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
space station
▪ However, this is by no means the first-ever space station.
▪ Researchers hope to test the device aboard the new international space station.
▪ S.-led international space station, as well as Department of Defense cargo and privately owned communications and Earth-observing satellites.
▪ The space station filled the front windows.
▪ The space station was an empty hulk.
▪ The shuttle was on a curving trajectory towards a point above the centre of the space station.
▪ The two crews shook hands and embraced as they mingled aboard the space station.
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space station

space station \space" sta`tion\, n. a manned artificial satellite orbiting the earth designed for extended occupation and use by multiple crews in succession.

space station

n. a manned artificial satellite designed for long-term habitation, research etc.

space station

n. a manned artificial satellite in a fixed orbit designed for scientific research [syn: space platform, space laboratory]

Space station

A space station, also known as an orbital station or an orbital space station, is a spacecraft capable of supporting a crew, which is designed to remain in space (most commonly as an artificial satellite in low Earth orbit) for an extended period of time and for other spacecraft to dock. A space station is distinguished from other spacecraft used for human spaceflight by lack of major propulsion or landing systems. Instead, other vehicles transport people and cargo to and from the station. two space stations are in orbit: the International Space Station, which is permanently manned, and China's Tiangong-1 (which successfully launched on September 29, 2011), which is unmanned most of the time. Previous stations include the Almaz and Salyut series, Skylab, and most recently Mir.

Today's space stations are research platforms, used to study the effects of long-term space flight on the human body as well as to provide platforms for greater number and length of scientific studies than available on other space vehicles. Each crew member stays aboard the station for weeks or months, but rarely more than a year. Most of the time crew remain inside the space station but its not necessary that crew should have to be stay inside the station. Since the ill-fated flight of Soyuz 11 to Salyut 1, all manned spaceflight duration records have been set aboard space stations. The duration record for a single spaceflight is 437.7 days, set by Valeriy Polyakov aboard Mir from 1994 to 1995. , three astronauts have completed single missions of over a year, all aboard Mir.

Space stations have also been used for both military and civilian purposes. The last military-use space station was Salyut 5, which was used by the Almaz program of the Soviet Union in 1976 and 1977.

Usage examples of "space station".

Many of them were looking around as if they had never seen a space station before.

It was a question, how they were going to install a hani male on anybody's quiet space station.

But I'll bet a full charge of oxygen that the riggers around Space Station Two did it for each other as Peewee and I had, or went inside and deflated.

The ship ends up going faster for the same force and duration of thrust than she possibly could by departing directly from the Moon or from a space station.

The rest were to take the public shuttle rocket from Pike's Peak, launching catapult to Terra Space Station, there to be transferred to the Randolph.

Vice Admiral of the Red Sir Craig Warner, Commanding Officer of Her Majestys Space Station Hephaestus, stole the time from his schedule to meet the private yacht personally.