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see space sciencespace science,
body of scientific knowledge as it relates to space exploration; it is sometimes also called astronautics. Space science draws on the conventional sciences of physics, chemistry, biology, and engineering, as well as requiring specific research of its own.
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(ass-trŏ-naw -tiks) The science and technology of spaceflight.


(aerospace engineering)
The art, skill, or activity of operating spacecraft.
The science of space flight.


Flash Gordon
space-traveling hero. [Am. Comics and Cin.: Halliwell]
From the Earth to the Moon
Verne tale of a group who have a monster gun cast to shoot them to the moon. [Fr. Lit.: WB 13:650]
Kennedy Space Center (Cape Canaveral) U.S.
launch site for manned space missions. [U.S. Hist.: WB, So:562]
Pfaal, Hans
to escape his creditors, constructs a balloon and travels to the moon. [Am. Lit.: The Unparalleled Adventures of One Hans Pfaal in Poe]
Ransom, Dr. Elwin
kidnapped and taken to Malacandra (Mars), he escapes with the help of its wise inhabitants. [Br. Lit.: C. S. Lewis Out of the Silent Planet in Weiss, 437]
Rogers, Buck
early spaceman in fantasy comics. [Comics: Horn, 137–138]
space shuttle
U.S. spacecraft capable of reuse, making travel more practical. [U.S. Hist.: WB, So:561]
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He congratulated the international crew on Cosmonautics Day, a holiday celebrated in Russia and some other former Soviet countries on the anniversary of Yury Gagarin's historic first manned space flight on April 12, 1961.
Yury Karash, a corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Cosmonautics, said that prestige would not be restored with a symbolic flight to the Moon.
The organizers of the Aviation Institute entered into relationships with foreign aviation institutes and enterprises: the Aviation and Cosmonautics Institute of the West Berlin Technical University, New York
Simonyi assisted several international space agencies by conducting experiments, communicated with hundreds of high school students via HAM radio signal in cooperation with Amateur Radio on the ISS (ARISS) and celebrated Cosmonautics Day by presenting a gourmet meal to the space station crew.
According to reports, Russia's Cosmonautics Academy is in preliminary talks with the Institute of Experimental Pathology and Therapy in Georgia, which supplied apes for a similar programme in the 1980s.