Mitchell, Jeffrey C. Spaceport Graduate Center, Florida Institute of Technology, Satellite Beach, Florida.
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The application of scientific principles and engineering techniques to flight in space. Astronautics deals with spacecraft in the sense that aeronautics deals with aircraft. A distinguishing feature between astronautics and aeronautics is the extent to which the vehicles are influenced by interaction with Earth's atmosphere. See also: Aeronautical engineering; Astronautical engineering; Atmosphere; Earth
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