from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A person trained to pilot, navigate, or otherwise participate as a crew member of a spacecraft.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A member of the crew of a spaceship or other spacecraft that travels beyond Earth's atmosphere, or someone trained to serve that purpose
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. a person trained to travel in a spacecraft; one who travels in a spacecraft; -- called in the Soviet Union and Russia cosmonaut.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a person trained to travel in a spacecraft
The male TFNGs were learning there was an even more powerful pheromone than jet-jockey wings and the SEAL insignia: the title astronaut.
The lower-case-a "astronaut" is someone who has flown in space, either aboard a US spacecraft or who is an American.
Each astronaut is allowed a "bonus food allotment" to bring some of the comforts of home to outer space.
Still, I am kinda bugged by his statement (specifically having been bumped recently from the ESA Astronaut selection), as this seems to imply that being an astronaut is more down to luck than skill.
At the moment, to be called an astronaut is a claim to significant achievement but we all hope the day will come when it is no more or less impressive than being a sailor or aviator.
Any school visit by an astronaut is of great value and can serve as a life-altering event.
"Any school visit by an astronaut is of great value and can serve as a life-altering event."
The era of the 'hero astronaut' is going the way of the Mercury 7.
My wife (an artist) loves his oft-repeated statement that he thinks being an astronaut is dead easy compared to being an artist!
In fact, it might just be that the easiest route to becoming an astronaut is to become a US Senator, like John Glenn.