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

  • n. A spacecraft carrying instruments intended for use in exploration of the physical properties of outer space or celestial bodies other than Earth.

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  • n. An unmanned space vehicle designed to voyage beyond Earth orbit

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. an unmanned rocket carrying instruments to explore objects or conditions in outer space; -- used mostly for vehicles travelling beyond the earth's gravitational field, rather than in orbital or suborbital flight.

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

  • n. a rocket-propelled guided missile that can escape the earth's atmosphere; makes observations of the solar system that cannot be made by terrestrial observation


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  • The first space probe ever to land on another planet was the Soviet Venera 7, which landed on Venus in 1970; Venera 9 sent back photos of the surfacebut it didnt have long to do it: The space probe melted after just sixty minutes on the hostile planet!

    George’s Cosmic Treasure Hunt

  • Just like a surfacelaunched space probe breaking out of the gravity well of one planet and traveling through space to another.


  • “Do you believe the reports that appeared in the Questioner a few weeks ago that, thanks to your story, NASA is planning to launch a space probe to look for the world of ghosts?”

    May Bird, Warrior Princess


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