a landing of a spacecraft in the sea at the end of a space flight
The landing of a space capsule on water (which causes a splash as it comes down).
Splashdown is the method of landing a spacecraft by parachute in a body of water. It was used by American manned spacecraft prior to the Space Shuttle program. It is also possible for the Russian Soyuz spacecraft and Chinese Shenzhou spacecraft to land in water, though this is only a contingency. The only example of an manned splashdown in Soviet history is the Soyuz 23 landing. As the name suggests, the capsule parachutes into an ocean or other large body of water. The properties of water cushion the spacecraft enough that there is no need for a braking rocket to slow the final descent as was the case with Russian and Chinese manned space capsules, which returned to Earth over land. The American practice came in part because American launch sites are on the coastline and launch primarily over water. Russian and Chinese launch sites are far inland and most early launch aborts were likely to descend on land.
Song lyrics by splashdown -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by splashdown on the Lyrics.com website.
The numerical value of splashdown in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of splashdown in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Images & Illustrations of splashdown
Translations for splashdown
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
Get even more translations for splashdown »
Find a translation for the splashdown definition in other languages:
Select another language: