docking

Definition of docking

n.1.(Naut.) a act of securing an arriving vessel with ropes or anchors.
2.(Astronautics) the coming together and joining of two space vehicles. The joining usually is accomplished by bringing special connecting devices, the docking ports, into contact, and fastening the ships together by clamping devices. The docking ports are often fitted so as to allow a passage to be opened between the two space vehciles, and thus to permit transfer of materials or personnel between them.

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Earth insertion, LEM, LM, apogee, attitude-control rocket, ballistic capsule, burn, capsule, debarkation, deep-space ship, disembarkation, disembarkment, docking maneuver, dropping anchor, ferry rocket, fuel ship, going ashore, injection, insertion, landfall, landing, lunar excursion module, lunar module, manned rocket, module, moon ship, mooring, multistage rocket, orbit, parking orbit, perigee, reentry, rocket, shuttle rocket, soft landing, space capsule, space docking, space rocket, spacecraft, spaceship, tying up
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