splashdown

[splash-doun]
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noun
  1. the landing of a space vehicle in a body of water, especially the ocean.
  2. the exact place where such a landing is made.
  3. the time of such a landing.

Origin of splashdown

First recorded in 1959; noun use of verb phrase splash down
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splashdown

noun
  1. the controlled landing of a spacecraft on water at the end of a space flight
  2. the time scheduled for this event
verb splash down
  1. (intr, adverb) (of a spacecraft) to make a splashdown
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