1An uncontrolled landing in which a spacecraft crashes on to the surface of a planet or moon and is destroyed.
- At the end of the fallback phase to Earth, the parachute system in the recovery module did not work correctly, resulting in a hard landing, and the experiment hardware was seriously damaged.
- In addition, the robustness of the design of the spacecraft was the reason it could take such a hard landing and still give us a chance to recover the samples.
- The shares followed the classic tech flight path: they went to the moon in March, 2000 and came in for a hard landing shortly after.
2The slowing down of economic growth at an unacceptable degree relative to inflation and unemployment.
- Since last year the rate of borrowing in many eurozone economies has accelerated, stoking a housing bubble in at least a quarter of the eurozone states that portends a hard landing should money growth persist.
- Amid the gloom over a slumping economy and a hard landing for corporate profits, investors may now sense that stocks may have been even more overvalued than they previously thought.
- The move is being seen as a sign of the growing fears that the US economy may be heading for a hard landing, or even recession, rather than the gentle slowdown policymakers want.
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