MLA Citation: Bloomfield, Louis A. "Question 155"
How Everything Works 20 Mar 2018. 20 Mar 2018 <>.
155. How does the use of sticks and fins stabilize rockets?
Sticks and fins both shift a rocket's center of aerodynamic pressure (center of drag) toward the tail of the rocket and behind the rocket's center of mass. As a result, the tail of the rocket normally remains at the rear during flight. The passing air twists the tail of the rocket until it's at the rear of the moving object.

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