a landing upon a planet after a journey through space
What with the retarding effect of the millions of miles of gas they had traversed and Ronny’s skillful adaptation of his surviving machinery, the Thuban’s speed had been reduced to manageable proportions by the time they were in position for their planetfall. Coming in on a tangent about a hundred miles above the estimated surface, Yphon encircled the cloud-wrapped orb three times on a slowly tightening spiral, gliding swiftly through the tenuous stratosphere, braking as he went.
Quicksands of Youthwardness in Astonishing Stories Oct. 18/1
Any message-answering would have to be done thirty hours later, when the ship made planetfall, and the regular terminal office of Interplanetary Communications could be employed.
Off the Beam in Astounding Science Fiction Feb. 6/2
They made their planetfall with Gowry at the manual controls.
Farewell to Eden in O. Welles Invasion from Mars 178
‘Get sobered up,’ I ordered curtly. ‘We made planetfall. We’ve got work to do.’
in Galaxy Magazine Oct. 106/1
1957 Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction July 3
There are few more stirringly imaginative themes in science fiction than that of the generations-ship—the spaceship whereby man may cross the light-years separating us from the stars, even at speeds much less than that of light, creating a self-sufficient microcosm in which the great-great-…-great-grandchildren of the original voyagers may at last make planet-fall.
The Southern Cross had made planetfall on Darkover at midnight.
Sword of Aldones i. 5
Housings for the two boats that would make the planet-falls for which she herself was not designed.
Tau Zero (1973) 17
As the TH-834 had had planetfalls on Durrell, Tania Borealis’ fourth planet before, the spaceport was familiar with Teron.
Ship who Sang (1991) v. 180
At last, the Feinstein has arrived at the historic Nebulon system. It’s been five months since the last shore leave, and you’re anxious for Planetfall. You and some other Ensigns Seventh Class enter the shuttle for surfaceside.
Planetfall (interactive fiction game)
Once we have made planetfall and had time to do some initial assessment.
Doctor’s Orders i. 35
Our calculations have them making planetfall right in the heart of the city.
Imzadi xxii. 177
Having said virtually nothing since planetfall, he and Tammy approached the main bunker.
Oxygen Rising in Asimov’s Science Fiction 125
Malcolm Jameson, "Quicksands of Youthwardness"
Research HistoryBill Seabrook submitted a 1949 cite from Theodore Sturgeon's "Farewell to Eden".
Mike Christie submitted a 1944 cite from George O. Smith's "Off The Beam".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1940 cite from "Quicksands of Youthwardness", by Malcolm Jameson
Earliest cite in the OED: 1954.
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