Soft Landing

Soft landing may refer to:

  • Soft landing (flight), a type of landing, usually of a hot air balloon in descent by gradually reducing its buoyancy
  • Soft landing (rocketry), any landing which does not result in the destruction of the payload vehicle
  • Soft landing (economics), a business cycle downturn which avoids recession
  • Soft landing (chemistry), a process in chemical instrumentation

Famous quotes containing the words soft and/or landing:

    half-way up the hill, I see the Past
    Lying beneath me with its sounds and sights,—
    A city in the twilight dim and vast,
    With smoking roofs, soft bells, and gleaming lights,—
    And hear above me on the autumnal blast
    The cataract of Death far thundering from the heights.
    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1809–1882)

    I foresee the time when the painter will paint that scene, no longer going to Rome for a subject; the poet will sing it; the historian record it; and, with the Landing of the Pilgrims and the Declaration of Independence, it will be the ornament of some future national gallery, when at least the present form of slavery shall be no more here. We shall then be at liberty to weep for Captain Brown. Then, and not till then, we will take our revenge.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)