Glossary term: Astronaut

Also known as cosmonaut or taikonaut

Description: An astronaut is a person who is qualified to be part of a crew onboard a space flight. Astronauts are trained in the operation of rockets, space stations, and to solve specialized technical problems that are unique to trips outside Earth's atmosphere. It is synonymous with taikonaut and cosmonaut.

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