Definition of splashdown in US English:



  • The alighting of a returning spacecraft on the sea, with the assistance of parachutes.

    • ‘An eastern site was preferred for Apollo 11, which would leave a western site for backup, but too far east would require a night splashdown on the return to Earth.’
    • ‘When we reached splashdown I wasn't sure how she'd react.’
    • ‘The aircraft then glided to a splashdown into the Pacific Ocean.’
    • ‘The only genuine parts of the whole televised event was the blast-off and splashdown.’
    • ‘The Japanese government for its part told Okinawan islanders to stay indoors to avoid the remote chance of being hit by debris from Mir, which is to overfly the islands an hour before its splashdown.’
    • ‘The splashdown of Gemini 12 on November 15, 1966, marked the operational end of the Gemini program.’
    • ‘After much planning, the Russian space agency decided to send Mir through Earth's atmosphere, breaking it apart into small pieces before its final splashdown in the South Pacific.’
    • ‘First of all, can you tell us a little bit about the process and the sequence of events leading to the actual splashdown?’
    • ‘Huygens has been built to survive an impact both on hard ice or a splashdown in a sea of lighter fuel.’
    • ‘The exact timing of the splashdown was yet unclear and depended on the state of the sun.’
    • ‘If so, ESA's Huygens spaceprobe could well be heading for a splashdown when it parachutes to the moon's surface in January 2005.’
    • ‘On July 24, 1969, flight controllers at NASA's Mission Control Center in Houston waved flags and cheered in celebration of the splashdown and success of the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission.’
    • ‘He even proved uncannily accurate in anticipating the Florida launch site, Pacific Ocean splashdown, and recovery by U.S. naval forces of the Apollo missions.’
    • ‘Would the probe make a touchdown or a splashdown?’
    • ‘It looks like splashdown to me, and to everybody else in Suffolk as well.’
    • ‘It shoots pictures for 24 hours, from insertion to splashdown, and costs about $450.’
    • ‘Sadly, only two of the six passengers survived the splashdown.’
    • ‘It records 2 frames a second from launch pad to splashdown, and it completely replaces existing technology.’
    alighting, arrival, coming in, deplaning
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