Definition of aerobrake
: to decelerate (a spacecraft) by passage through a planetary atmosphere
aerobrakingplay \ˈer-ō-ˌbrā-kiŋ\ noun Starting in a week, the spacecraft will use the upper fringes of the Martian atmosphere to lower and circularize its orbit through a technique called aerobraking. — John Noble Wilford
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In practice, aerobraking at Mars was made problematic by the need to aerobrake the liquid hydrogen propellant required for the flight from Mars back to Earth.
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