retrorocket

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a small rocket engine on a larger rocket or spacecraft that is fired to slow or alter its course

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The astronauts had powered up their spacecraft and were awaiting word from Mission Control to fire their braking rockets and head for home when controllers announced that low clouds over Cape Canaveral would postpone the landing.
The appearance of the Martian surface in the image suggests that the lander crashed because its braking rockets stopped firing slightly too soon.
He and Commander Rick Husband had the responsibility to fire Columbia's twin braking rockets at 13.
Nicknamed Cool Willy for his ability to cope under pressure, he and Commander Rick Husband had to fire Columbia's twin braking rockets yesterday to begin their glide back to Earth.
Weather forecasters at mission control and an astronaut flying a shuttle simulator aircraft at the space centre agreed it was safe to land about ten minutes before the Discovery's braking rockets fired.
Slowed by parachutes and braking rockets fired to soften the impact, their Soyuz TMA-09M capsule landed on schedule at 8:49 a.