splash·​down ˈsplash-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce splashdown (audio)
plural splashdowns
: the landing of a crewed spacecraft in the ocean
splash down intransitive verb

Examples of splashdown in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web SpaceX recovery crews were deployed to the splashdown zone to await the arrival of Crew Dragon Endurance. William Harwood, CBS News, 11 Mar. 2024 Despite Starship's failure to make its planned splashdown in the Indian Ocean, SpaceX said the rocket still achieved several key milestones that had not been accomplished in the past two tests aimed to show how well the rocket's two stages work together in flight. Eric Lagatta, USA TODAY, 14 Mar. 2024 The Crew Dragon then descended to a gentle splashdown in calm winds and mild seas. William Harwood, CBS News, 12 Mar. 2024 Third Starship test far more successful than the first two in 2023 SpaceX's uncrewed Starship was on its way to a powered splashdown in the Indian Ocean about an hour after launch when signals were lost at an altitude of about 40 miles. USA TODAY, 15 Mar. 2024 Had the engines completed their burn, Starship would have gained enough speed to circle the Earth for nearly one full orbit, before falling back to the planet over the Pacific Ocean for a targeted splashdown. Stephen Clark, Ars Technica, 18 Nov. 2023 Closing out a six-month stay at the International Space Station, a three-man, one-woman crew plunged back to Earth early Tuesday, streaking across the heartland of America like a blazing meteor as their Crew Dragon capsule descended to a Gulf of Mexico splashdown. William Harwood, CBS News, 12 Mar. 2024 Instead of splashing down in the Pacific Ocean near Hawaii, the upper stage will target a splashdown in the Indian Ocean. George Dvorsky / Gizmodo, Quartz, 12 Mar. 2024 Starship will coast about three-quarters of the way around the world before plunging back into the atmosphere for a targeted splashdown in the Pacific Ocean north of Hawaii. Stephen Clark, Ars Technica, 15 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1959, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of splashdown was in 1959

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“Splashdown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/splashdown. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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splash·​down ˈsplash-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce splashdown (audio)
: the landing of a spacecraft in the ocean

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