from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A space vehicle designed to land on a celestial body, such as the moon or a planet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A spacecraft, particularly a probe, designed to set down on the surface of another celestial body.
  • n. A person who waits at the mouth of the shaft to receive the kibble of ore.
  • n. An illegal immigrant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who lands, or makes a landing.
  • n. A person who waits at the mouth of the shaft to receive the kibble of ore.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who lands or makes a landing.
  • n. One who lands or sets on land; especially, in mining, a man who stands at the mouth of a shaft or other landing-place, in order to receive the kibble when it comes up, and to see that its contents are properly disposed of. Also called, in England, banksman.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a town in central Wyoming
  • n. a space vehicle that is designed to land on the moon or another planet


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  • For instance, they say the capsule lander is better than the lifting body lander, and in the same breath they say the capsule lander can't meet the mission requirements because the parachutes can't take the weight.????

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  • No Mars lander is currently planned to follow the 2009 Mars Science Laboratory, and the orbiter previously slated for 2013 has now been postponed.

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  • Ironically, the way these slides show a charred and swept soil under the lander is quite correct, and - not surprisingly - pretty much exactly what actual Apollo photos document.

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