splashdown

noun
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

Examples of splashdown in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Thankfully, Crew Dragon performed flawlessly, and the astronauts experienced a safe splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico. Mike Wehner, BGR, "The first Crew Dragon mission finally returns home," 3 May 2021 SpaceX returned four astronauts from the International Space Station on Sunday, making the first U.S. crew splashdown in darkness since the Apollo 8 moonshot. Marcia Dunn, USA TODAY, "SpaceX returns 4 astronauts to Earth in rare night splashdown off Florida coast," 2 May 2021 SpaceX safely returned four astronauts from the International Space Station on Sunday, making the first U.S. crew splashdown in darkness since the Apollo 8 moonshot. Marcia Dunn, Chron, "SpaceX returns 4 astronauts to Earth in rare night splashdown," 2 May 2021 SpaceX safely returned four astronauts from the International Space Station on Sunday, making the first U.S. crew splashdown in darkness since the Apollo 8 moonshot. NBC News, "SpaceX returns 4 astronauts to Earth with rare night splashdown," 2 May 2021 SpaceX targeted a splashdown around 3 a.m. Sunday in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Panama City, Florida. BostonGlobe.com, "SpaceX capsule departs station with four astronauts, heads home," 2 May 2021 SpaceX targeted a splashdown around 3 a.m. Sunday in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Panama City, Florida. Fox News, "SpaceX capsule departs station with 4 astronauts, heads home," 2 May 2021 The mission was delayed after NASA and SpaceX leaders agreed weather conditions Saturday would be more ideal for the splashdown. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, "Crew-1 astronauts’ return to Earth delayed until Saturday," 27 Apr. 2021 Life aboard the International Space Station Relatively calm seas and winds are required for a safe splashdown and for successful recovery of the Falcon 9's first stage on a barge-like droneship. William Harwood, CBS News, "SpaceX Crew Dragon launch to space station delayed to Friday by weather," 21 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of splashdown

1959, in the meaning defined above

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10 May 2021

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“Splashdown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/splashdown. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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splashdown

noun

English Language Learners Definition of splashdown

: the landing of a spacecraft in the ocean

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