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"I went back to science fiction to try a few experiments …and my first experiment was a disaster…"
- Alfred Bester

Flip to Brake  
  Maneuver to put the tail end (with rocket output) in the forward direction of travel to use for lowering velocity.  

A clever, and realistic, strategy. This is an early use of this idea; I can't think of an earlier one.

As Lazarus approached his rendezvous with the Chili he signaled from the gig; the Chili's transponder echoed, to his relief-he had little faith in gear he had not personally overhauled and a long search for the Chili at this point would have been disastrous.

He figured the relative vector, gunned the gig, flipped, and gunned to brake-homed-in three minutes off estimate, feeling smug. He cradled the gig, hurried inside...

From Methuselah's Children, by Robert Heinlein.
Published by Astounding Science-Fiction in 1941
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The 2016 series The Expanse is very true-to-life in space; this maneuver is shown.

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