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-> Mommy, what’s aerobraking?

=> Well, sweetie, aerobraking is a spaceflight technique wherein an orbiting spacecraft brushes against the top of a planetary atmosphere. The friction of the atmosphere against the surface of the spacecraft slows down and lowers the craft’s orbital altitude. The solar panels is are used to provide the maximum drag in a symmetrical position that allows some control as the spacecraft passes through the atmosphere.

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