Unexpected Finger accelerated at one third of a gravity. How hard did her engines push?

From high-school physics, thrust = Force = F = Ma, mass times acceleration.

When she first began braking, Finger's thrust decelerated her mass of 4000 tons by 3 m/s2. So her thrust was F = Ma = 4106kg  3 m/s2 = 12106kg m/s2 or 12 megaNewtons.

Heh, megaNewtons.

In commoner units, Finger's thrust was 1.2 million kilograms or 2.6 million pounds, a bit less than the three million pounds produced by one of those noisy boosters we strapped to the side of the Space Shuttle, back in the bad old days when we thought it was okay to make the rest of the world feel inferior.

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