The alighting of a returning spacecraft on the sea, with the assistance of parachutes.
- If so, ESA's Huygens spaceprobe could well be heading for a splashdown when it parachutes to the moon's surface in January 2005.
- An eastern site was preferred for Apollo 11, which would leave a western site for backup, but too far east would require a night splashdown on the return to Earth.
- Would the probe make a touchdown or a splashdown?
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