In The Book of Boba Fett chapter 4, we see:

Slave I pulling itself up from the Sarlacc Pit with its thrusters(?) turned on and aimed up.

I've always assumed that the big, glowing things at the aft side of Star Wars ships are thrusters, yet Boba Fett's ship moves in the opposite direction from where they're pointed. How?

Is the light being generated just "waste light" from the reaction powering the ship that generates anti-gravitons or something? And if so, why the big, glowing things always pointed aft?

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    Those are indeed thrusters. They propel the ship forward. But don't forget that this is a universe where ships have anti-gravity propulsors are well.
    – Valorum
    Jan 26, 2022 at 22:00
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    @Valorum Okay, so then why are the thrusters on and glowing? And I guess then that the anti-gravity repulsors are strong enough to overcome forward thrust from the thrusters?
    – jamesdlin
    Jan 26, 2022 at 22:02
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    Yup. They're on, but basically idle.
    – Valorum
    Jan 26, 2022 at 22:07

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The winglets to either side of the Slave I contain repulsorlift generators. Note that they rotate such that stay roughly parallel to the ground during scenes where the Slave I is hovering over terrain. They provide the lift to hold the ship up.

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"Fins contain repulsor grilles for landing maneuvers" https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Slave_I/Legends

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