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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Recent Examples on the Web The Apollo 12 crew, inside their command module nicknamed Yankee Clipper, would make its way home with a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean on Nov. 24. Roger Simmons, orlandosentinel.com, "Apollo 12 blasted off 50 years ago today - and got struck by lightning twice," 14 Nov. 2019 More recent simulations saw teams execute timelines from hatch closure to undocking with the space station—as well as a free flight in preparation for re-entry and splashdown. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: New Shepard push angers workers, Falcon 9 gets wormed," 3 Apr. 2020 The goal of the flight was to put the commercial crew ship through its paces, from launch through rendezvous and docking with the space station to re-entry and splashdown, to clear the capsule for a piloted test flight. William Harwood, CBS News, "Software errors could have destroyed Boeing Starliner, NASA says," 7 Feb. 2020 For the first three landings, no sooner had the crewmen opened their hatch after splashdown than frogmen handed them biohazard suits to wear for their trip back to the Naval recovery ship. Time, "Coronavirus Could Preview What Will Happen When Alien Life Reaches Earth," 2 Mar. 2020 For emergency rescue scenarios, all of which end with unplanned ocean splashdowns, NASA is relying on the U.S. Air Force. William Harwood, CBS News, "SpaceX delays dramatic Crew Dragon abort test due to high winds and rough seas," 18 Jan. 2020 SpaceX flight controllers at the company’s Hawthorne (Los Angeles County) headquarters cheered every milestone — especially the splashdown. Marcia Dunn, SFChronicle.com, "SpaceX completes last key test of crew capsule," 19 Jan. 2020 In 1968: Apollo 8 and its three astronauts made a safe nighttime splashdown in the Pacific. oregonlive, "Death on a Portland beach: What led to an attack on a young father: Morning Briefing for Friday, Dec. 27, 2019," 27 Dec. 2019 Crew Dragon, meanwhile, re-oriented itself for a splashdown and successfully deployed its four main parachutes. Emre Kelly, USA TODAY, "SpaceX rocket explodes after liftoff as planned; Crew Dragon capsule escapes fireball," 19 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of splashdown

1959, in the meaning defined above

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1 May 2020

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“Splashdown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/splashdown. Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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: the landing of a spacecraft in the ocean

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