Definition of splashdown
: the landing of a manned spacecraft in the ocean
splash downintransitive verb
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The splashdown in the Pacific Ocean marked the completion of the first reused commercial spacecraft to be sent to and returned home from the space station.
After about a month attached to the space station, the Dragon will undock and return to Earth with a splashdown in the Pacific.
Meanwhile, the museum led efforts to find and recover Liberty Bell 7, astronaut Gus Grissom’s Mercury space capsule that flooded after splashdown.
After four days of alternating terror and hope, the three astronauts climbed back to the CM for re-entry an hour before splashdown.
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: the landing of a spacecraft in the ocean
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