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space station

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noun
  1. an orbiting manned structure that can be used for a variety of purposes, as to assemble or service satellites, refuel spacecraft, etc.
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Origin of space station

First recorded in 1940–45
Also called space platform.
Related formsspace-sta·tion, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for space station

space station

noun
  1. any large manned artificial satellite designed to orbit the earth during a long period of time thus providing a base for scientific and medical research in space and a construction site, launch pad, and docking arrangements for spacecraftAlso called: space platform, space laboratory
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space station in Culture

space station

A structure being assembled in space by an international partnership led by NASA. The space station will be a permanent habitat at which scientific and technological work can be carried out. Building a space station is considered the next step in the development and exploration of space, although there is controversy concerning its cost and the value of the research that will be carried out there.

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