from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The landing of a spacecraft or missile in water.
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- n. The landing of a space capsule on water (which causes a splash as it comes down).
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- n. a landing of a spacecraft in the sea at the end of a space flight
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(AP) - 1 of the pilots from the US Airways "splashdown" flight in the Hudson River in New York will attend an Experimental Aircraft Association's banquet next month.
My mind can even assimilate the concept of a spaceship slingshoting around the moon and returning home to splashdown and glory.
This is the final splashdown for students who have spent months designing, building and testing remote-controlled devices that operate underwater.
Life followed up with a cover showing Glenn after his splashdown.
NASA is anticipating a splashdown rather than a landing.
After splashdown, it inflates a kind of raft so that it floats, and it's towed to shore.
Same huge expendale rocket, same disposable spam can spacecraft, same throw away Lunar lander, same splashdown requiring half the Navy to come and get you.
About 11 hours after the splashdown, Mr. Johnson said there weren't any credible reports about debris falling on land or anyone recovering satellite parts—contrary to widespread Internet speculation about purported remnants of the satellite falling to the ground in Canada or elsewhere.
In the week since the 40th anniversary of Apollo 14's splashdown on Feb. 9, 1971, Williams has gotten a flood of new leads on these voyagers.
Earlier that year, in what became known as the "miracle on the Hudson", an Airbus 320 airliner made a splashdown after hitting birds and losing both engines shortly after taking off from LaGuardia airport.