splash·down | \ˈsplash-ˌdau̇n \

Definition of splashdown 

: the landing of a manned spacecraft in the ocean

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Update: Tuesday, 6:34 PM ET: The Dragon supply ship is continuing its descent — splashdown is slated for 7:45PM ET. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "SpaceX Celebrates Successful Dragon Splashdown," 10 Feb. 2015 However, the Wingnuts has halted the ex-@NFL'er & his progression with a splashdown. Nick Vadala, Philly.com, "Former Eagle Jason Avant fails 'American Ninja Warrior' qualifying round," 26 June 2018 Update: Wednesday, 9:16 AM Last night, Elon Musk tweeted this gorgeous photo of the Dragon supply ship returning after splashdown. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "SpaceX Celebrates Successful Dragon Splashdown," 10 Feb. 2015 The drop extends below the ground level of the park for a trademark splashdown. Dewayne Bevil, OrlandoSentinel.com, "SeaWorld Orlando: Rapids, 'appropriate' drenching await on Infinity Falls ride," 29 May 2018 From blastoff risks to radiation dangers to splashdown hazards, industry and government experts have said SpaceX’s plans pose difficult technical and policy decisions unlike any the nation’s space program has faced in many years. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "SpaceX Successfully Launches Reused Booster for NASA, a First," 15 Dec. 2017 The newest addition to the instrument package is an infrared sensor that measures the temperature of the sea right before splashdown. Bucky Mcmahon, Popular Mechanics, "What's it like to fly a plane into a hurricane like Irma? We climbed into a NOAA plane in 2016 and flew into the heart of Hurricane Matthew to find out.," 8 Sep. 2017 The projectile’s sea splashdown was announced later to ease fears. Andy Sharp, Bloomberg.com, "North Korea’s Missile Over Japan Bolsters Abe’s Quest for Stronger Defense," 29 Aug. 2017 Rather, any trip to space ended with an ocean splashdown. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "'Countdown' Podcast Episode Four: Gus Grissom's Near-Deadly Splashdown," 10 Aug. 2017

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1959, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of splashdown was in 1959

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: the landing of a spacecraft in the ocean

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