What is the verb form of "astronaut"?

I mean what is the action that an astronaut performs, by moving in space?

A dictionary gave me the word "astronavigation" which is absolutely wrong. This is a task done on Earth and not in space.

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    An astronaut gets flown into space. There are then many other tasks.
    – Xanne
    Jun 13 '17 at 5:45
  • "Astronavigation" is in any case a noun. (And it refers to the science and practice of guiding aircraft through reference to celestial bodies.) There doesn't appear to be one. The OED defines "astronaut" as a "person who travels in space".
    – WS2
    Jun 13 '17 at 5:50
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    Might help to know the sentence for which you need the verb. Jun 13 '17 at 7:16
  • Uhm.. they moonwalk?
    – NVZ
    Jun 13 '17 at 7:44
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    You are too dismissive of astronavigate. A boat (or captain) navigating a sea may be sailing across it rather than plotting a course; sense 2 in Collins. A spacecraft crossing the vast empyrean may well therefore be astronavigating it: not inspired but a reasonable suggestion. Jun 13 '17 at 20:47

spacewalk 1. a task or mission performed by an astronaut outside a spacecraft in space. http://www.dictionary.com/browse/spacewalk?s=t

Word Hippo gives these synonyms for spacewalk: excursion, extravehicular activity, EVA, moonwalk [this is specific to a spacewalk that occurs on the moon], mission, task http://www.wordhippo.com/what-is/another-word-for/spacewalk.html

space-flight or space flight 1. the flying of manned or unmanned spacecraft into or in outer space. http://www.dictionary.com/browse/spaceflight?s=t

  • Astronaut means "space-traveler" so perhaps "voyage dans l'espace". Jun 13 '17 at 20:48

Just go ahead and verb it! Everyone else is doing it. See this comic strip: Verbing weirds language. Why not the word astronaut, too?

John Glenn really knew how to astronaut.


I wish one day I could astronaut myself to the moon like Neil Armstrong.

The following clip is from 1963 in an Ebony magazine article.

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Astronauts fly into space, fly to the moon, and orbit the earth. When the rocket engines are firing, they rocket into space.

An astronaut is a space traveler, so and astronaut space travels or travels (through/in) space.

It is derived from the Greek astro (space) and nautēs (sailor). (Various sources online.) However, while science fiction about space flight uses nautical terms in abundance (e.g., a fleet of starships and the use of maritime ranks such as admiral), to sail through space is not so common (but not unheard of).


Thanks to everyone for answering.

I finally found the term Space exploration.

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