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      resistance to motion through the air

The drag parachute helped the space shuttle come to a stop after landing.

The force of drag tried to pull our kite down.


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Watch drag in action. Then click the helicopter to learn more.


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Drawing of an airplane. An arrow beneath it shows air flowing from front to back. A large arrow from the tail of the plane points backward to show drag.
An airplane feels drag when the air goes against the plane’s forward motion.
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Page Last Updated: October 9th, 2014
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