splashdown

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

Definition of splashdown

: the landing of a manned spacecraft in the ocean

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During the Gemini 8 mission in 1966, a malfunctioning thruster put the spacecraft into a terrifying spin, but Armstrong, on the verge of passing out, managed to get it under control before making an emergency splashdown in the Pacific. Anchorage Daily News, "How did NASA put men on the moon? One harrowing step at a time.," 23 June 2019 During the Gemini 8 mission in 1966, a malfunctioning thruster put the spacecraft into a terrifying spin, but Armstrong, on the verge of passing out, managed to get it under control before making an emergency splashdown in the Pacific. The Washington Post, al.com, "How did NASA put men on the moon? One harrowing step at a time," 19 June 2019 During the Gemini 8 mission in 1966, a malfunctioning thruster put the spacecraft into a terrifying spin, but Armstrong, on the verge of passing out, managed to get it under control before making an emergency splashdown in the Pacific. Joel Achenbach, Washington Post, "How did NASA put men on the moon? One harrowing step at a time.," 19 June 2019 The nearly flawless flight ended March 13, with a splashdown only 3 miles from the USS Guadalcanal. Ernie Mastroianni, Discover Magazine, "Travel With Apollo 9 As They Launch to Space 50 Years Ago," 1 Mar. 2019 Johnson and her team's job was to trace out in extreme detail Freedom 7's exact path from liftoff to splashdown. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "The True Story of 'Hidden Figures' and the Women Who Crunched the Numbers for NASA," 3 Feb. 2017 The capsule's splashdown capped a busy day for NASA, which began its weekend with a launch to Mars. Tariq Malik, Space.com, "SpaceX Dragon Capsule Returns to Earth from Space Station," 5 May 2018 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

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1959, in the meaning defined above

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splashdown

noun

English Language Learners Definition of splashdown

: the landing of a spacecraft in the ocean

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