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The Space Shuttle orbiter has speed brakes in the tail which open up when it's going to land and also has a parachute brake system which is deployed upon touchdown in addition to its wheel brakes.

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If only external force can change the velocity of a body how can the internal force of the brakes bring a car to rest?

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