One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a spacecraft) land on water.‘Apollo 12 splashed down safely in the Pacific’
- ‘On the return trip, Verne's astronauts splash down in the ocean close to the place where the Apollo 11 crew actually did.’
- ‘With a dive, from the time we leave the bottom of the sea, we're essentially freefalling upwards, and when we hit the surface we've splashed up, like an Apollo mission splashes down.’
- ‘The pair then re-entered the Eagle, reuniting with Collins and the Columbia module before returning home by splashing down in the Pacific Ocean.’
- ‘Space Transport also notified the Coast Guard, which issued a notice to mariners last month to watch out for the rocket, which was supposed to splash down by parachute a couple of miles from shore.’
- ‘On March 8, one of the missiles splashed down in waters about 60 kilometers north of Yonaguni, Japan's westernmost island.’
- ‘And maybe the astronauts on their way back to Earth would land in the field instead of splashing down into the sea like they were supposed to.’
- ‘Russia's foreign ministry said on Friday the station would splash down away from major sea and air routes.’
- ‘The ship had splashed down into the waters of Ever-Pitch only fifteen minutes ago, and he needed to get ready before he and the others left for the slaver encampment.’
- ‘It was the basic shape, build like a large boat and able to splash down in water whenever it wished to dock on planet.’
- ‘Such a capsule, touching down on land like Soyuz or splashing down in the ocean like Apollo, could conceivably be much easier (and hence faster and cheaper) to develop.’
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