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splash down

To crash or land in a body of water. The actress's private seaplane splashed down on the lake outside of the film festival, and she exited the aircraft in a stunning sequin dress. Officials are scrambling to determine where the astronaut's capsule splashed down as they lost touch with it just before re-entry.
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splash down

[for a space capsule] to land in the water. The capsule splashed down very close to the pickup ship.
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splash down

Land in water, as in The spacecraft splashed down within a few hundred yards of the pickup point. The splash in this idiom alludes to the impact of a solid body on water. [c. 1960]
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splash down

v.
To land in water. Used of a spacecraft or missile: The spacecraft splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean.
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Apollo 11 splashed down 920 miles south-west of Hawaii and 13 miles from the USS Hornet, a Navy ship sent to recover the crew.
Los Angeles, Jumada I 14, 1434, Mar 26, 2013, SPA -- Spacex's Dragon capsule splashed down in the Pacific Ocean Tuesday after completing the second supply mission to the International Space Station by a privately owned spaceship, dpa reported.
THE ECHO'S yellow Duckmarine splashed down for the first time yesterday on her maiden passenger voyage.
An Australian-US team is readying for its attempt at the first non-stop around-the-world balloon flight, with lift-off planned for Tuesday, days after Richard Branson's team splashed down in the Pacific.
But a friendly 6ft local tackle dealer, Mike England from Totland Bay, splashed down into three feet of water to score a spectacular save.
52 YEARS AGO (1965) US spacecraft Gemini V splashed down safely in the Atlantic after astronauts Charles Conrad and Gordon Cooper spent a record eight days orbiting Earth.
It was meant to be the centrepiece of celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of North Korea founder Kim Il-sung but splashed down in Korea Bay just 60 seconds after it was launched.
After the craft splashed down in the Pacific, NASA's Orion program manager Mark Geyer said: "It's hard to have a better day than today."
Clegg, whose party splashed down at 23 per cent support and a reduced number of MPs, found himself in the role of kingmaker with both big parties wanting him to prop up their government.
He picked up six shots in seven holes but, having started at the 10th, then splashed down at the 18th and 14th for a multicoloured card made up of one eagle, eight birdies, a double bogey, two bogeys and only six pars.
TIRED Richard Branson splashed down in the Pacific last night, and told his HQ: "This is a ridiculous way to spend Christmas."
It then flew on its own and splashed down in the Pacific.
The launch was headed by former NASA subcontractor and Director of the Planetarium at the Inishowen Maritime Museum, Mr Ash C McFadden who has asked us to point out that the rocket splashed down at its pre- determined landing site away from spectators after activating its two parachutes.