space probe
space probe space" probe, n. an unmanned rocket carrying instruments to explore objects or conditions in outer space; -- used mostly for vehicles travelling beyond the earth's gravitational field, rather than in orbital or suborbital flight. [PJC]

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  • space probe — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms space probe : singular space probe plural space probes a vehicle containing cameras and other equipment that is sent into space to collect information and send it back to Earth …   English dictionary

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