manned orbiting laboratory
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manned orbiting laboratory[′mand ′ȯr·bəd·iŋ ′lab·rə‚tȯr·ē]
An earth-orbiting satellite which contains instrumentation and personnel for continuous measurement and surveillance of the earth, its atmosphere, and space. Abbreviated MOL.
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