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

Definition of splashdown

: the landing of a crewed spacecraft in the ocean

Other Words from splashdown

splash down intransitive verb

Examples of splashdown in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Diaper-wearing astronauts are planning to depart the International Space Station on Sunday with an expected splashdown near Florida on Monday morning, NASA and SpaceX decided late Friday. orlandosentinel.com, 6 Nov. 2021 That will set up a splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida Panhandle coast around 11:36 a.m. Saturday. William Harwood, CBS News, 26 Apr. 2021 The mission was delayed from last weekend because another mission's splashdown was delayed by rough seas, according to Space.com. Fox News, 27 Apr. 2022 It’s been delayed because the Axiom Mission 1 (Ax-1)—the first all private astronaut mission to the ISS—had to delay its undocking and splashdown due to bad weather. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 Coverage will be broadcast for two days in three separate segments that include the splashdown, undocking and hatch closure. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, 25 Apr. 2022 The splashdown will not be transmitted live, but NASA's space station blog will provide updates. Claudia Dominguez And Alaa Elassar, CNN, 23 Jan. 2022 Eight minutes later, right on time, the Crew Dragon's four main parachutes unfurled and fully inflated, lowering the capsule to a smooth splashdown at 12:43 a.m. to close out its maiden voyage. William Harwood, CBS News, 6 May 2022 According to multiple news outlets, high winds off the Florida coast pushed the delay of the splashdown to Monday. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, 25 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of splashdown

1959, in the meaning defined above

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21 Jul 2022

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“Splashdown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/splashdown. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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