American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A large satellite equipped to support a human crew and designed to remain in orbit around Earth for an extended period and serve as a base for launching exploratory expeditions, conducting research, repairing satellites, and performing other space-related activities.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. a manned artificial satellite orbiting the earth designed for extended occupation and use by multiple crews in succession.
- n. a manned artificial satellite in a fixed orbit designed for scientific research
“The wheel-shaped space station was barely visible beyond his cockpit windshield.”
“I think it is certainly possible, since a planetary trip always involves a long duration flight, that initial flights to the planets—that is, particularly circumplanetary, nonlanding, but exploratory flights—can be combined with Earth orbiting spacecraft i.e., some sort of space station to develop that long-term capability with the very same type of spacecraft.”
“It was great for Congressman Wes Dawson that he was going to go up to the Soviet Kosmograd space station to watch the aliens arrive.”
“But when an entire society, as on the space station Lorelei, is oriented toward quasi-criminal activity, this formula does not necessarily ensure success.”
“It's all my fault, she thought, trying to ease her conscience by reminding herself of all the glum NASA press conferences of the past year – the space station setbacks, the postponement of the X-33, all the failed Mars probes, continuous budget bailouts.”
“Commander Benjamin L. Sisko is appointed by Starfleet to command the space station located in Bajoran orbit.”
“The proposed orbital space station has been compromised to death, and NASA is on the ropes financially and morale-wise.”
“Fortunately, I had six hours 'slack time after we docked at the space station Athene, before I had to report for ALSC training.”
“CAPTAIN BENJAMIN SISKO of space station Deep Space 9 fell backward as the flight deck of the United Space Ship Defiant burst into unholy flames around him.”
“The Americans developed their own version, Skylaban orbiting space station that was in operation for eight months in 1973.”
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