aerobrake

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verb aero·brake \ˈer-ō-ˌbrāk\

Definition of aerobrake

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to decelerate (a spacecraft) by passage through a planetary atmosphere

aerobraking

play \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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1965

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