December 1, 2022

STS-135 video: ‘Poetry in motion’

Watch the shuttle Atlantis’ backflip, which occurred five years ago today, before docking to the International Space Station. The rendezvous pitch maneuver — the 360-degree flip — enabled the space station’s crew to photograph Atlantis’ belly with handheld digital cameras equipped with 400- and 800-millimeter lenses as part of post-launch inspections of the heat shield.

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Our STS-135 archive.

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