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American astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission on 20 July 1969, photographed by fellow astronaut Neil A. Armstrong


moon shot (plural moon shots)

  1. The launching of a spacecraft or an object to orbit or land on the Moon.
    • 2017 February 27, Samantha Masunaga; Russ Mitchell, “SpaceX plans to send two private astronauts to circle the moon – on their own dime”, in Los Angeles Times[1], archived from the original on 6 April 2017:
      The weeklong moon shot would make a close flyby of the moon's surface, "go quite a bit further out into deep space" and then loop back to Earth, [Elon] Musk said. The spacecraft will not try to land on the surface of the moon.
  2. (sports) An act of throwing or hitting a ball with a high trajectory.
  3. (figuratively) An expensive, hard, or unlikely task of great potential impact.
    • 2016 July 28, Nicky Woolf, “Alphabet’s revenue up to $21.5bn off the back of mobile and video ads”, in The Guardian[2], London, archived from the original on 1 March 2017:
      Revenue at Alphabet’s Other Bets division – which includes broadband business Google Fiber, home automation products Nest, self-driving cars and X, the research facility that works on "moon shot" ventures – rose 150% to $185m, while operating losses widened to $859m.
    • 2016 October 10, “Editorial October 11 2016”, in Illawarra Mercury[3], Wollongong, N.S.W., archived from the original on 13 December 2016:
      In the US, Vice President Joe Biden has been labelled as the "Cancer Advocate in Chief", charged in that country by President [Barack] Obama with leading the fight to find a cure after losing his son to brain cancer last year. Biden has related the fight to find a cure to the quest to land man on the moon. "I believe that we need a moon shot in this country to cure cancer," he said.

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