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Cosmonaut Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

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  • a person trained to travel in a spacecraft; "the Russians called their astronauts cosmonauts"

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  • a person trained to travel in a spacecraft; "the Russians called their astronauts cosmonauts"

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Cosmonaut Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia

An astronaut or cosmonaut is a person who goes into outer space. Eastern Bloc countries friendly to the Soviet Union always said cosmonaut. Western countries including the United States said astronaut. Astronauts are also called "taikonauts" in China or "spationaute" in France.

The first person to go into space was a Russian from the Soviet Union. His name was Yuri Gagarin. This happened on April 12, 1961. The first and second people to walk on the Moon were the Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. This happened on July 20, 1969. No astronauts have gone to the moon since 1972. No people have visited any other planets yet.

Astronauts used to go into space on the Space Shuttle and the Soyuz spacecraft, but now they only go on the Soyuz. Several countries have worked together to build an International Space Station where people stay and work in space for long periods of time.

Cosmonaut Sample Sentences in News

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    Members of the International space crew, US astronaut Terry Virts, Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov and European Space Agency's Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti are scheduled to blast off to the International Space Station (ISS) on November 23 from the Russian-leased Kazakhstan's Baikonur cosmodrome, a space launch facility. Read more on this news related to 'Cosmonaut'
  • Disney's 'Frozen' Snowman to 'Let It Go' as Cosmonaut's Zero-G Doll
    That perhaps is the question — and paraphrased song line from the Disney film "Frozen" — that Anton Shkaplerov's daughter may have asked her cosmonaut father. "It is going to be the snowman from 'Frozen,'" Shkaplerov told reporters at a pre-flight press conference in Star City, Russia. Read more on this news related to 'Cosmonaut'
  • Three space station crewmen return safely to Earth in Kazakhstan
    By Irene Klotz (Reuters) - A veteran Russian cosmonaut and two International Space Station crewmates, one from the United States and one from Germany, returned safely to Earth on Sunday with a parachute landing of their Soyuz capsule in Kazakhstan, ending 5-1/2 months in orbit. Maxim Suraev of the Russian space agency, who was commander of the station during the m Read more on this news related to 'Cosmonaut'

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