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  • n  a landing of a spacecraft in the sea at the end of a space flight

  • There will be no casual camaraderie with the frogmen after splashdown, no lengthy welcoming rites aboard the recovery carrier, no embraces with their wives in Houston.
  • This small, highly mechanized volume has been timed as perfectly as the moment of Apollo 10's splashdown.
  • One of the scenes shows the men of Mission Control lighting cigars after the 1969 splashdown of Apollo 11.
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  • Fit check sets stage for Orion recovery test
    Engineers and technicians at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Langley Research Center in Virginia and Lockheed Martin Space Operations in Denver, Colo., prepared unique hardware that was used in a fit check June 25-28 of equipment that will be used to recover Orion upon splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. The recovery operations are led by the Ground Systems Development and Operations Program at ...
    July 7, 2013 - Science Daily
  • Floatation Balloons Fail To Deploy On New Spacecraft Test | Video
    ESA tested splashdown on its Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV), a wingless body with movable rear flaps for control, on June 19th. Review found that parachutes provided such a gentle landing that the inflators never detected the splashdown.
    July 5, 2013 - SPACE.com

  • Tiger Wood in Bay News 9
    I had a chance last year to take down the champ and that splashdown ended it,said Woods, who's won 10 majors but has struggled at the Skins Game. "He's unbelievable in this event. He keeps getting all those skins. Hopefully we can make a...

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