From this thread :
a few questions have arisen that I'd like answers for if folks know and care to enlighten us all :
1) What would have happened if the old Mercury, Gemini, or Apollo space capsules had landed on land rather than splashing down? Did NASA consider and test for this possibility?
2) How about the Soviet Soyuz and Vostok capsules splashing down instead of landing on land? (Apparently, that happened accidentally once on a frozen lake & the cosmonauts got away with it okay!) Was doing that ever considered by the Soviets and tested / prepared for?
3) "Why have the Russians continued to return cosmonauts and space related material via landing on terra firma instead of in the drink? It seems that it makes a whole lot more sense (safety especially) [that] a governmental space program would insist on returning life and hardware back with an ocean landing. Is it because the Russian navy is unable to pick up it’s mates?"
BTW. The last question there is asked by (#17.) petroleumgeologist on the thread linked above.
PS. Sorry about the typo in the question title. "Splashdown" not 'spalshdown' was intended obviously. Mea culpa. We can't edit titles? Seems not.