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Apollo Reaction Control System (RCS)

Credit: National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

This is a quad, or cluster, of four Apollo Reaction Control System (RCS) engines.  The RCS was a vital rocket engine system for maintaining the attitude of the Apollo Service Module (SM), helped it to maneuver in space, plus undertake minor midcourse velocity corrections, abort separations and emergency attitude maneuvers. Each thruster produced 100 pounds of thrust.

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