aerobrake

verb aero·brake \ ˈer-ō-ˌbrāk \

Definition of aerobrake

transitive verb
: 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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