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The original name for a crewed spacecraft. It was more appropriate at first because of the thimble shape and the limited room inside a spacecraft. US astronaut Michael Collins said that by the time he joined the space programme in 1963, astronauts detested the word and ‘spacecraft’ was always used: ‘A capsule was something you swallowed.’

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics.


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