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astronaut

[ as-truh-nawt, -not ]SEE DEFINITION OF astronaut

Synonyms for astronaut

  • cosmonaut
  • pilot
  • moonwalker
  • rocket scientist
  • rocketeer
  • space person
  • star person
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Of course, ground control was to be used only if the astronaut failed to ignite the retro-rockets himself.

The astronaut fell victim to a psychological stress that was unforeseen.

WORD ORIGIN

coined 1929 in science fiction, popularized from 1961 by U.S. space program, from astro- + nautes "sailor" (see naval). French astronautique (adj.) had been coined 1927 by "J.H. Rosny," pen name of Belgian-born science fiction writer Joseph Henri Honoré Boex (1856-1940) on model of aéronautique, and Astronaut was used in 1880 as the name of a fictional spaceship by English writer Percy Greg (1836-1889) in "Across the Zodiac."