deorbit

[dee-awr-bit] Aerospace.
verb (used without object)
1.
to depart deliberately from orbit, usually to enter a descent phase.
verb (used with object)
2.
to cause to deliberately depart from orbit.

Origin:
1960–65; de- + orbit

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