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Detail of the canards.

Located just aft of the Q-ball (tip of the tower), the canards are four foot long aerodynamic control surfaces, starting on the conical portion of the tower and continuing on the cylindrical portion until the first set of boltheads.

The canards are deployed 11 seconds after an abort to properly orient the Command Module for reentry. The LES pulls the CM off of the launch vehicle on a ballistic path, with the escape tower forward. The canards are responsible for flipping the combined vehicle around so that the Command Module's heatshield is forward.

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Q-ball and canards on Launch Escape System (LES) tower on Johnson Space Center (JSC) Saturn V at Space Center Houston
Time picture taken Sun Aug 3 14:15:04 2008
Location picture taken Saturn V Center
Rocket Park
Johnson Space Center
Houston, TX
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