splash·​down | \ ˈsplash-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce splashdown (audio) \
plural splashdowns

Definition of splashdown

: the landing of a crewed spacecraft in the ocean

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splash down intransitive verb

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Recent Examples on the Web The Crew-1 capsule's landing will mark only the second time returning astronauts have returned to an ocean splashdown since NASA's Apollo-Soyuz Test Project crew came home in 1975. William Harwood, CBS News, "SpaceX launches four astronauts on Crew Dragon flight to space station," 23 Apr. 2021 There will also have to be new protocols and training methods to evacuate the crew during an emergency, such as a problem on the launch pad before take-off or during a splashdown at sea. Eric Niiler, Wired, "Can Technology Open Spaceflight to Disabled Astronauts?," 2 Mar. 2021 Hurley and Behnken will end their mission with NASA's first ocean splashdown since the Apollo-Soyuz mission in 1975. William Harwood, CBS News, "Astronauts gear up for Friday spacewalk amid planning for Crew Dragon return," 24 June 2020 Even removing the astronauts from the Columbia capsule after splashdown involved safety precautions. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "The Apollo 11 astronauts quarantined after returning to Earth. Here's why," 6 Mar. 2021 Crew Dragon's early August splashdown will mark the completion of Behnken and Hurley's mission. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Bob and Doug Are Coming Home," 17 July 2020 Instead, the four crew members, none of them astronauts, will blast off atop a Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center, fly around Earth for a few days and return to an Atlantic Ocean splashdown. CBS News, "29-year-old cancer survivor to launch on SpaceX flight promoting St. Jude hospital," 22 Feb. 2021 The Voice of America radio network provided live coverage of each stage of the mission, from launch to splashdown, in English, Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic. Teasel Muir-harmony, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Apollo 8 Delivered Christmas Eve Peace and Understanding to the World," 11 Dec. 2020 Perhaps the biggest surprise from the first SpaceX crew flight was all the private boats full of gawkers who surrounded the capsule in the Gulf of Mexico following splashdown in August. Marcia Dunn, The Christian Science Monitor, "Dragon riders: NASA preps for SpaceX's second crew launch," 9 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of splashdown

1959, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of splashdown was in 1959

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28 Apr 2021

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“Splashdown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/splashdown. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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: the landing of a spacecraft in the ocean

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