Definition of splashdown in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsplaʃdaʊn/


The alighting of a returning spacecraft on the sea, with the assistance of parachutes.
Example sentences
  • 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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