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Hi

It was launched out into space thanks to the gravity of the sun.

What does “launched out” mean in the above sentence?
 

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Hi,

It was launched [out into] space, thanks to the gravity of the sun.

What does “launched out” mean in the above sentence?
Is it clear now?
 

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It was launched. Where was it launched? It was launched "out into space".
 

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You could just say launched into space. I think out might indicate deep space.
 

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That's what I took it to mean. The sun's gravity is not going to launch anything from Earth into space, but it can slingshot a vessel that is already in space further out.
 

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My guess is that the sentence comes from a news story about the recently-discovered rock from deep space which is passing through the solar system. Very few such objects have ever been observed.
 

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GoesStation, you are right. It is about an object which is not clearly defined yet.
 

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OK- it wasn't in our atmosphere and was sent into deep space, then out into is the choice I would make. If we launched it from the planet's surface, then out would be less necessary.
 

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... It is about an object which is not clearly defined yet.
I wish you had thought of telling us that in post #1 rather than #8.
 

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I am so sorry for the lack of information.

Below is the paragraph I took the phrase from.

"When it comes to the objects floating around in our solar system, scientists have a pretty good handle on what they all are. Aside from planets, dwarf planets, and moons, many smaller bodies — like comets, asteroids, etc. — have been tracked and studied for years, if not decades. Just days ago, something cruised past Earth and was launched out into space thanks to the gravity of the sun, and scientists still can't say with complete certainty what it was."

For further information please refer to the link below.

http://bgr.com/2017/10/27/unidentified-object-asteroid-comet-space/
 
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The article I read made it clear that this object merely transited the solar system. The sun's gravity nearly reversed the object's trajectory, sending it back towards the side of the ecliptic from which it came.
 

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My guess is that the sentence comes from a news story about the recently-discovered rock from deep space which is passing through the solar system. Very few such objects have ever been observed.

I saw a news item about the alien rock this morning while drinking my coffee.
 
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