A 8.73 × 103-kg lunar landing craft is about to touch down on the surface of the moon, where the acceleration due to gravity is 1.60 m/s2. At an altitude of 217 m the craft's downward velocity is 16.5 m/s. To slow down the craft, a retrorocket is firing to provide an upward thrust. Assuming the descent is vertical, find the magnitude of the thrust needed to reduce the velocity to zero at the instant when the craft touches the lunar surface.
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